reproof

noun re·proof \ ri-ˈprüf \
Updated on: 15 May 2018

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

REPROOF Defined for English Language Learners

reproof

  • : criticism or blame

  • : a statement that criticizes or blames someone


REPROOF Defined for Kids

reproof

noun re·proof \ ri-ˈprüf \
: blame or criticism for a fault


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