reproof

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noun re·proof \ri-ˈprüf\

Definition of reproof

  1. :  criticism for a fault :  rebuke

Examples of reproof in a Sentence

  1. The fear of reproof prevented them from complaining.

  2. 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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Origin and Etymology of reproof

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


First Known Use: 14th century


REPROOF Defined for English Language Learners

reproof

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noun

Definition of reproof for English Language Learners

  • : criticism or blame

  • : a statement that criticizes or blames someone


REPROOF Defined for Kids

reproof

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noun re·proof \ri-ˈprüf\

Definition of reproof for Students

  1. :  blame or criticism for a fault



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