- to criticize or correct, especially gently: to reprove a pupil for making a mistake.
- to disapprove of strongly; censure: to reprove a bad decision.
- Obsolete. to disprove or refute.
- to speak in reproof; administer a reproof.
Origin of reprove
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1. scold, reprimand, upbraid, chide, reprehend, admonish. See reproach.
- to prove again.
Origin of re-prove
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Examples from the Web for reprove
Your life must be saved; even if you reprove me for the means.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
It must be my duty to reprove, to show her her deceit in its full enormity.The Incomplete Amorist
I ought to reprove this acclamation—but this once I let it pass.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
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.The Woman Thou Gavest Me
- (tr) to speak disapprovingly to (a person); rebuke or scold
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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