- 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.
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Examples from the Web for reprover
Besides it is a jeering and flouting vice, and apt to put jests on the reprover.Microcosmography
The last, and not the least important requisite for a reprover, is discretion.An Essay on Slavery and Abolitionism
Catharine E. Beecher
The burglars had been gazing at their reprover with wide-open eyes.Personal Reminiscences in Book Making
Or will procure more suffering to the reprover, than good to the offender.A Christian Directory (Part 4 of 4)
When you will not learn, or will not amend, you discourage your instructor and reprover.A Christian Directory (Part 2 of 4)
- (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
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper