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reproof

[ ri-proof ]

noun

  1. the act of reproving, censuring, or rebuking.

    Synonyms: remonstrance, reproach, rebuke

  2. an expression of censure or rebuke.


reproof

/ rɪˈpruːf; rɪˈpruːvəl /

noun

  1. an act or expression of rebuke or censure


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Other Words From

  • re·proofless adjective
  • self-re·proof noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of reproof1

1300–50; Middle English reprof < Old French reprove, derivative of reprover to reprove

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Word History and Origins

Origin of reproof1

C14 reproffe , from Old French reprove , from Late Latin reprobāre to disapprove of; see reprobate

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Example Sentences

Instead of the Clintonian chuckle of disbelief we got the sour grimace of silent reproof.

It was a reproof, from the young woman who always so thoughtfully studied the feelings of everybody.

But even such reproof may be carried too far as on one occasion I found to my dismay.

Perhaps some sense of shame was stirring within him, for no reproof rose to his trembling, bibulous lips.

Its truths, so simple and yet so grand, were at once a guide and a reproof to keep her feet from straying from the narrow way.

Weston recognized the reproof in this, and stood silent a moment or two until she spoke again.

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