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[ri-proov] /rɪˈpruv/
verb (used with object), reproved, reproving.
to criticize or correct, especially gently:
to reprove a pupil for making a mistake.
to disapprove of strongly; censure:
to reprove a bad decision.
Obsolete. to disprove or refute.
verb (used without object), reproved, reproving.
to speak in reproof; administer a reproof.
Origin of reprove
1275-1325; Middle English reproven < Old French reprover < Late Latin reprobāre, equivalent to re- re- + probāre to test, prove
Related forms
reprover, noun
reprovingly, adverb
Can be confused
re-prove, reprove.
1. scold, reprimand, upbraid, chide, reprehend, admonish. See reproach.
1. praise.


[ree-proov] /riˈpruv/
verb (used with or without object), re-proved, re-proved or re-proven, re-proving.
to prove again.
First recorded in 1520-30; re- + prove
Can be confused
re-prove, reprove. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for reprove
Historical Examples
  • Your life must be saved; even if you reprove me for the means.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • It must be my duty to reprove, to show her her deceit in its full enormity.

  • I ought to reprove this acclamation—but this once I let it pass.

  • If my remnant of a conscience presumed to rise and reprove me, I stamped it down.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I could see what had happened—my family had sent him to reprove me and remonstrate with me.

  • I reprove it in the sternest terms, and I deplore the consequences it had.

    The Snare 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
  • And even if he did speak of Peggy by her first name, was it Margaret's place to reprove him?

    Three Margarets Laura E. Richards
  • Let us reprove them, or at least avoid them, as we would the plague.

    Broken Bread Thomas Champness
  • Why should he not have left that matter to some masters of policy to reprove?

British Dictionary definitions for reprove


(transitive) to speak disapprovingly to (a person); rebuke or scold
Derived Forms
reprovable, adjective
reprover, noun
reproving, adjective
reprovingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old French reprover, from Late Latin reprobāre, from Latin re- + probāre to examine, approve1
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Word Origin and History for reprove

c.1300, from Old French reprover "accuse, blame" (12c.), from Late Latin reprobare "disapprove, reject, condemn" (see reprobate). Related: Reproved; reproving.

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