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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. Unabridged
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  • Of course the Captain applauded, but the lawyer's reprover remarked to him that she did not think that last at all a nice word.

    Two Knapsacks John Campbell
  • The burglars had been gazing at their reprover with wide-open eyes.

  • Or will procure more suffering to the reprover, than good to the offender.

  • When the soul is torn by the lashes of conscience, it needs no other reprover.

  • The men, who showed a very proper spirit, promised to suppress the hateful habit, and shook hands with their reprover.

    The Man with the Book John Matthias Weylland
  • You are so unmerciful a reprover, that I have not Patience to hear you.

  • When you will not learn, or will not amend, you discourage your instructor and reprover.

  • As the train approached the station, the young men thanked their reprover, and there was hearty hand-shaking.

    The Man with the Book John Matthias Weylland
  • He usually met monarchs as their enemy and their reprover, but for the most part avoided them.

    The Expositor's Bible F. W. Farrar
  • The colonel heard him, became much enraged, and made a bold attempt to rush upon his reprover.

British Dictionary definitions for reprover


(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 reprover



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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