- 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.
- to speak in reproof; administer a reproof.
Origin of reprove
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1. scold, reprimand, upbraid, chide, reprehend, admonish. See reproach.
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Examples from the Web for reprovingly
"I think that Harry has the floor," said his uncle, reprovingly.
“Little boys should be seen, not heard,” said his elder brother, reprovingly.The Boy Settlers
"Maybe you'd have the dacency to leave that for his Honour," said Molly, reprovingly.Luttrell Of Arran
Charles James Lever
The Baroness snatched a fan which girdled her, and tapped him with it reprovingly.Despair's Last Journey
David Christie Murray
"I always said your pride would be your bane," says Cecil, reprovingly.Molly Bawn
Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
- (tr) to speak disapprovingly to (a person); rebuke or scold
C14: from Old French reprover, from Late Latin reprobāre, from Latin re- + probāre to examine, approve 1
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Word Origin and History for reprovingly
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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