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rebuff (v.)

"make blunt resistance to, put off with abrupt denial," 1580s, from obsolete French rebuffer "to check, snub," from Italian ribuffare "to check, chide, snide," from ribuffo "a snub," from ri- "back" (from Latin re-, see re-) + buffo "a puff," a word of imitative origin (compare buffoon, also buffet (n.2)). Related: Rebuffed; rebuffing.

rebuff (n.)

"a repelling; a check, a defeat; peremptory denial or refusal," 1610s, from rebuff (v.), or from French rebuffe or Italian ribuffo.

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Definitions of rebuff from WordNet
1
rebuff (v.)
reject outright and bluntly;
Synonyms: snub / repel
rebuff (v.)
force or drive back;
rebuff the attack
Synonyms: repel / repulse / fight off / drive back
2
rebuff (n.)
a deliberate discourteous act (usually as an expression of anger or disapproval);
Synonyms: slight
rebuff (n.)
an instance of driving away or warding off;
Synonyms: snub / repulse
From wordnet.princeton.edu