These verbs all mean to be unwilling to accept, consider, or receive someone or something. Refuse usually implies determination and often brusqueness: “The commander . . . refused to discuss questions of right” (George Bancroft). “I'll make him an offer he can't refuse” (Mario Puzo). To decline is to refuse courteously: “I declined election to the National Institute of Arts and Letters . . . and now I must decline the Pulitzer Prize” (Sinclair Lewis). Reject suggests the discarding of someone or something as defective or useless; it implies categoric refusal: “He again offered himself for enlistment and was again rejected” (Arthur S.M. Hutchinson). To spurn is to reject scornfully or contemptuously: “The more she spurns my love,/The more it grows” ( Shakespeare). Rebuff pertains to blunt, often disdainful rejection: “He had . . . gone too far in his advances, and had been rebuffed” (Robert Louis Stevenson).