Difficult Words:

Rebuke and Rapacious

Difficult Words : Rebuke and Rapacious

Rapacious (ruh PAY shus) adj: greedy, plundering, avaricious

Wall Street investment bankers are often accused of being rapacious, but they claim they are performing a valuable economic function.

The noun form is rapacity.

Rebuke (ri BYOOK) v: to criticize sharply

The judge rebuked the convicted murderer for chopping up so many people and burying them in the woods.

We trembled as Mr. Solomon rebuked us for flipping over his car and taking off the tires.

A piece of sharp criticism is called a rebuke.

When the students pushed their French teacher out the window, the principal delivered a rebuke that made their ears twirl.

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