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verb (used with object), re·proved, re·prov·ing.
  1. to criticize or correct, especially gently: to reprove a pupil for making a mistake.
  2. to disapprove of strongly; censure: to reprove a bad decision.
  3. Obsolete. to disprove or refute.
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verb (used without object), re·proved, re·prov·ing.
  1. to speak in reproof; administer a reproof.
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Origin of reprove

1275–1325; Middle English reproven < Old French reprover < Late Latin reprobāre, equivalent to re- re- + probāre to test, prove
Related formsre·prov·er, nounre·prov·ing·ly, adverb
Can be confusedre-prove reprove

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Antonyms for reprove

1. praise.


verb (used with or without object), re-proved, re-proved or re-prov·en, re-prov·ing.
  1. to prove again.
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Origin of re-prove

First recorded in 1520–30; re- + prove
Can be confusedre-prove reprove
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Related Words for reprove

scold, chide, berate, admonish, upbraid, lambaste, castigate, reprimand, censure, lecture, reproach, condemn

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Historical Examples of reprove

  • Your life must be saved; even if you reprove me for the means.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • It must be my duty to reprove, to show her her deceit in its full enormity.

  • I ought to reprove this acclamation—but this once I let it pass.

  • If my remnant of a conscience presumed to rise and reprove me, I stamped it down.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • I could see what had happened—my family had sent him to reprove me and remonstrate with me.

British Dictionary definitions for reprove


  1. (tr) to speak disapprovingly to (a person); rebuke or scold
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Derived Formsreprovable, adjectivereprover, nounreproving, adjectivereprovingly, adverb

Word Origin for reprove

C14: from Old French reprover, from Late Latin reprobāre, from Latin re- + probāre to examine, approve 1
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Word Origin and History for reprove


c.1300, from Old French reprover "accuse, blame" (12c.), from Late Latin reprobare "disapprove, reject, condemn" (see reprobate). Related: Reproved; reproving.

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