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[ri-proof] /rɪˈpruf/
the act of reproving, censuring, or rebuking.
an expression of censure or rebuke.
Origin of reproof
1300-50; Middle English reprof < Old French reprove, derivative of reprover to reprove
Related forms
reproofless, adjective
self-reproof, noun
1. rebuke, reproach, remonstrance, chiding. Unabridged
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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


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

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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