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
Recent Examples on the Web When a boy in the front row decides to visit the girl sitting behind him, Hood gives him a gentle reproof. Los Angeles Times, 8 Mar. 2021 In response to the reproof, Clicks has issued an apology, and an explanation that at least two other companies were involved in approving the advert. Norma Young, Quartz Africa, 9 Sep. 2020 Proof, take a break of two or more days, reproof and then submit. Lee Shulman Bierer,, 17 Aug. 2020 With it, the architect proved the power of a poetic modernism, full of whimsy and romance, and offered a reproof to the lean, functional modernism of an earlier generation of architects. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, 12 June 2019 Indeed, a quick review of the text indicates that the reproofs are arranged in four couplets, increasing in severity. Rabbi Avi Weiss, Jewish Journal, 7 May 2018

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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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“Reproof.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of reproof

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


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

Kids Definition of reproof

: blame or criticism for a fault

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