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

Origin of reproof

1300–50; Middle English reprof < Old French reprove, derivative of reprover to reprove
Related formsre·proof·less, adjectiveself-re·proof, noun

Synonyms for reproof Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for reproof

Historical Examples of reproof

  • She knew that in secret Mamma was glad; but she answered the reproof.

  • But Adriana will not accept the reproof: she will have her husband at all costs.

  • The physician said a little in the way of reproof and admonition, and left me.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • And now the little school is ever present with us, ours still for counsel or reproof.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • But the stillness upon her face bore to me the shadow of a reproof.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

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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