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rebuke (someone or something) for (doing) (something)

To scold, upbraid, or criticize someone, an animal, or some group or organization for some action, error, or wrongdoing. They won't so much as rebuke their child for his bad behavior. It looks like the United Nations is finally willing to formally rebuke the country for disobeying the international treaty. She rebuked the dog for peeing on the carpet.
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rebuke someone for something

to reprimand someone for something. There is no need to rebuke me for a simple mistake like that. Sally was rebuked for overspending her budget.
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I marvel at the mild rebuke used by St Paul to the folk in Galatia, a number of whom had maligned Paul and his ministry and then misled others by their twisted thinking.
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Angered, the bishop rebukes her for her effrontery, claiming that she "shuld not teache hym what he shuld write" (60).
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In critiquing the Roman mode, Milton rebukes not only Charles II, but also Cromwell and the Protectorate who were also guilty of being tempted by this idol.
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Only one person voted against the rebuke of Hall: Regent Brenda Pejovich.