To criticize for a fault or an offense
Words expressive of strong disapproval
It was unfair to punish him, but his rebuke still stung.
Thus he paves the way for his tardy rebuke of present disorders, which he reserves until two-thirds of his epistle is completed.
She recalled his long sad and severe look at those words and understood the meaning of the rebuke and despair in that protracted gaze.
In fact the Pope in 1897 was obliged to send a severe rebuke to the clergy for their lack of consistency and zeal.
Even one second of tardiness to the biology lab would earn one a stern rebuke.