[ri-proo-vuh l]


the act of reproving.
a reproof.

Origin of reproval

First recorded in 1840–50; reprove + -al2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for reproval

Historical Examples of reproval

  • On the contrary, he went toward the two hurriedly, with a gesture of reproval.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • The humanity of the Fields would not utter a word of reproval to either of us.

    An Old Man's Love

    Anthony Trollope

  • It could not be said that he took offense, but he hinted at reproval.

  • He can drown down the voice of missionaries, and they are halting in reproval.

  • "Why, nothin' could be plainer than her words," said Mrs. Flagg in a tone of reproval.

    The Life of Nancy

    Sarah Orne Jewett