- 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
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1. rebuke, reproach, remonstrance, chiding.
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Examples from the Web for reproof
She knew that in secret Mamma was glad; but she answered the reproof.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
But Adriana will not accept the reproof: she will have her husband at all costs.The Man Shakespeare
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
But the stillness upon her face bore to me the shadow of a reproof.Wilfrid Cumbermede
- an act or expression of rebuke or censure
C14 reproffe, from Old French reprove, from Late Latin reprobāre to disapprove of; see reprobate
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).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper