the act of reproving, censuring, or rebuking.
an expression of censure or rebuke.

Nearby words

  1. reproductive system,
  2. reproductive systems,
  3. reprogram,
  4. reprographics,
  5. reprography,
  6. reprovable,
  7. reproval,
  8. reprove,
  9. reproving,
  10. rept

Origin of reproof

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

Related formsre·proof·less, adjectiveself-re·proof, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for reproof


reproval (rɪˈpruːvəl)


an act or expression of rebuke or censure

Word Origin for reproof

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

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Word Origin and History for reproof



mid-14c., "a shame, a disgrace," also "a censure, a rebuke," from Old French reprove "reproach, rejection," verbal noun from reprover "to blame, accuse" (see reprove).

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