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reproof

[ri-proof] /rɪˈpruf/
noun
1.
the act of reproving, censuring, or rebuking.
2.
an expression of censure or rebuke.
Origin of reproof
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English reprof < Old French reprove, derivative of reprover to reprove
Related forms
reproofless, adjective
self-reproof, noun
Synonyms
1. rebuke, reproach, remonstrance, chiding.
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Examples from the Web for reproof
Historical Examples
  • She knew that in secret Mamma was glad; but she answered the reproof.

  • But Adriana will not accept the reproof: she will have her husband at all costs.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • The physician said a little in the way of reproof and admonition, and left me.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • And now the little school is ever present with us, ours still for counsel or reproof.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • But the stillness upon her face bore to me the shadow of a reproof.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • At this reproof Josef hastened to load the table with bottles.

    The Prisoner of Zenda Anthony Hope
  • Not a word about the scene of yesterday, not a look of pain or reproof.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • He started under that reproof like a fiery stallion under the spur.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • Richard caught the glance and misinterpreted it for one of reproof.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • Hence also the reproof of our own mode of life when we attempt to reprove others.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia Raphael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for reproof

reproof

/rɪˈpruːf/
noun
1.
an act or expression of rebuke or censure
Word Origin
C14 reproffe, from Old French reprove, from Late Latin reprobāre to disapprove of; see reprobate
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Word Origin and History for reproof
n.

mid-14c., "a shame, a disgrace," also "a censure, a rebuke," from Old French reprove "reproach, rejection," verbal noun from reprover "to blame, accuse" (see reprove).

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