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reproof

[ri-proof]
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noun
  1. the act of reproving, censuring, or rebuking.
  2. an expression of censure or rebuke.
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Origin of reproof

1300–50; Middle English reprof < Old French reprove, derivative of reprover to reprove
Related formsre·proof·less, adjectiveself-re·proof, noun

Synonyms

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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.

    Life and Death of Harriett Frean

    May Sinclair

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

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for reproof

reproof

reproval (rɪˈpruːvəl)

noun
  1. an act or expression of rebuke or censure
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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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