reproof

noun
re·​proof | \ri-ˈprüf \

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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Indeed, a quick review of the text indicates that the reproofs are arranged in four couplets, increasing in severity. Rabbi Avi Weiss, Jewish Journal, "Let's be thankful for our blessings," 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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of reproof

: criticism or blame

: a statement that criticizes or blames someone

reproof

noun
re·​proof | \ri-ˈprüf \

Kids Definition of reproof

: blame or criticism for a fault

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