- 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.
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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
"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
- (tr) to speak disapprovingly to (a person); rebuke or scold
Word Origin for reprove
c.1300, from Old French reprover "accuse, blame" (12c.), from Late Latin reprobare "disapprove, reject, condemn" (see reprobate). Related: Reproved; reproving.