Simple Definition of reprove
: to criticize or correct (someone) usually in a gentle way
Full Definition of reprove
Examples of reprove
The teacher reproved the student for being late.
<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
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