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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

Synonyms for reprove

Antonyms for reprove

1. praise.
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Examples from the Web for reprover

Historical Examples of reprover

  • Besides it is a jeering and flouting vice, and apt to put jests on the reprover.


    John Earle

  • The last, and not the least important requisite for a reprover, is discretion.

  • The burglars had been gazing at their reprover with wide-open eyes.

  • Or will procure more suffering to the reprover, than good to the offender.

  • When you will not learn, or will not amend, you discourage your instructor and reprover.

British Dictionary definitions for reprover


  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 reprover



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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