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.
verb (used without object), re·proved, re·prov·ing.
  1. to speak in reproof; administer a reproof.

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for reprovingly

Historical Examples of reprovingly

  • "I think that Harry has the floor," said his uncle, reprovingly.

  • “Little boys should be seen, not heard,” said his elder brother, reprovingly.

    The Boy Settlers

    Noah Brooks

  • "Maybe you'd have the dacency to leave that for his Honour," said Molly, reprovingly.

    Luttrell Of Arran

    Charles James Lever

  • The Baroness snatched a fan which girdled her, and tapped him with it reprovingly.

    Despair's Last Journey

    David Christie Murray

  • "I always said your pride would be your bane," says Cecil, reprovingly.

    Molly Bawn

    Margaret Wolfe Hamilton

British Dictionary definitions for reprovingly


  1. (tr) to speak disapprovingly to (a person); rebuke or scold
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 reprovingly



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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