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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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Examples from the Web for reprovingly
Historical Examples
  • "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

    Noah Brooks
  • "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
  • "I had read all Scott's novels long before I was your age," I said reprovingly.

    Red Cap Tales Samuel Rutherford Crockett
  • "Molly," she said reprovingly, finding her frowns calmly ignored.

    Grandmother Dear

    Mrs. Molesworth
  • "This is no time to joke, Frank," said Professor Scotch, reprovingly.

    Frank Merriwell's Bravery Burt L. Standish
  • A third says, reprovingly, that "such cases are coming too frequent."

    An Outcast F. Colburn Adams
  • "And see how you've snagged your clothes," said Irene reprovingly.

    Tabitha's Vacation

    Ruth Alberta Brown
British Dictionary definitions for reprovingly


(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 reprovingly



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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