self-re·​prov·​ing ˌself-ri-ˈprü-viŋ How to pronounce self-reproving (audio)
: feeling or expressing self-reproof
self-reproving thoughts
… was learning to substitute the punishments they dispensed for the ones a self-reproving teenager inflicts on himself.David Merrill

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1775, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-reproving was circa 1775

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“Self-reproving.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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