Definition of reproof
: criticism for a fault : rebuke
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 of reproof from the Web
Christine seemed alarmingly solid and beyond reproof.
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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
Definition of reproof for English Language Learners
: criticism or blame
: a statement that criticizes or blames someone
REPROOF Defined for Kids
Definition of reproof for Students
: blame or criticism for a fault
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