ADJ. sharp, stern, stinging | gentle, mild | silent | implied | public
VERB + REBUKE receive | draw, earn (sb) Even one minute's lateness would earn a stern rebuke. | accept He meekly accepted the rebuke. | administer If the general found his authority questioned he invariably administered a sharp rebuke.
PREP. ~ for, ~ from They received a public rebuke from the prime minister for their handling of the matter. | ~ to He hit back with a stinging rebuke to his critics.
ADV. sharply | gently | publicly
PREP. for She rebuked herself sharply for her stupidity.