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reprove

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verb re·prove \ri-ˈprüv\

Simple Definition of reprove

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

Full Definition of reprove

re·provedre·prov·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to scold or correct usually gently or with kindly intent

  3. 2 :  to express disapproval of :  censure <it is not for me to reprove popular taste — D. W. Brogan>

  4. 3 obsolete :  disprove, refute

  5. 4 obsolete :  convince, convict

  6. intransitive verb
  7. :  to express rebuke or reproof

re·prov·er noun
re·prov·ing·ly play \-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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