reproof

noun
re·​proof | \ ri-ˈprüf How to pronounce reproof (audio) \

Definition of reproof

: criticism for a fault : rebuke

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Examples of reproof in a Sentence

The fear of reproof prevented them from complaining. even in church we were not free from Mother's familiar reproof of our ingrained tendency to fidget in our seats
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First Known Use of reproof

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for reproof

Middle English repref, reprofe, from Anglo-French reproefe, from reprover

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The first known use of reproof was in the 14th century

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“Reproof.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reproof. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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reproof

noun
How to pronounce reproof (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of reproof

formal
: criticism or blame
: a statement that criticizes or blames someone

reproof

noun
re·​proof | \ ri-ˈprüf How to pronounce reproof (audio) \

Kids Definition of reproof

: blame or criticism for a fault

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