v. offer sudden or harsh resistance; turn down or shut out; repel or drive back
You rebuff his invitation so smoothly that he does not realize he is snubbed.
Sentence in Classic:
Since my rebuff of yesterday I have a sort of empty feeling; nothing in the world seems of sufficient importance to be worth the doing.
Startled, at first abashed, Charles blushed at the rebuff and then, seeing how her eyes were fastened on his sister, he smiled.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche Context
She saw in him the peculiar tight rebuff against anyone of the lower classes who might be really climbing up, which she knew was characteristic of his breed.
Lady Chatterley's Lover By D H Lawrence Context
When we left school he made advances to me; I did not rebuff them, for I was flattered, but we soon parted and quite naturally.
Notes from the Underground By Feodor Dostoevsky Context
MacCann went briskly to and fro among the students, talking rapidly, answering rebuffs and leading one after another to the table.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man By James Joyce Context
He knew he should have to go slowly, and the instincts of his race fitted him to suffer rebuffs and put up with delays.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton Context
When it was a question of charity, he was not to be rebuffed even by a refusal, and on such occasions he gave utterance to remarks which induced reflection.
Les Misérables (V1) By Victor Hugo Context