verb re·prove \ri-ˈprüv\

: to criticize or correct (someone) usually in a gentle way


Full Definition of REPROVE

transitive verb
:  to scold or correct usually gently or with kindly intent
:  to express disapproval of :  censure <it is not for me to reprove popular taste — D. W. Brogan>
obsolete :  disprove, refute
obsolete :  convince, convict
intransitive verb
:  to express rebuke or reproof
re·prov·er noun
re·prov·ing·ly \-ˈprü-viŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of REPROVE

  1. The teacher reproved the student for being late.
  2. <my piano teacher often reproves me for slouching while playing, observing that good posture helps one play better>

Origin of REPROVE

Middle English repreven, reproven, from Anglo-French reprover, from Late Latin reprobare to disapprove, condemn, from Latin re- + probare to test, approve — more at prove
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of REPROVE

reprove, rebuke, reprimand, admonish, reproach, chide mean to criticize adversely. reprove implies an often kindly intent to correct a fault <gently reproved my table manners>. rebuke suggests a sharp or stern reproof <the papal letter rebuked dissenting clerics>. reprimand implies a severe, formal, often public or official rebuke <reprimanded by the ethics committee>. admonish suggests earnest or friendly warning and counsel <admonished by my parents to control expenses>. reproach and chide suggest displeasure or disappointment expressed in mild reproof or scolding <reproached him for tardiness> <chided by their mother for untidiness>.

Rhymes with REPROVE


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