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reprove

verb

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1 to criticize (someone) usually gently so as to correct a fault
  • my piano teacher often reproves me for slouching while playing, observing that good posture helps one play better

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2 to express public or formal disapproval of
  • the principal reproved the hockey team for their display of poor sportsmanship on the ice and ordered that a letter of apology be sent to the other school

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3 to hold an unfavorable opinion of
  • the older generation has always reproved the younger generation's taste in music

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reprove, rebuke, reprimand, admonish, reproach, chide mean to criticize adversely. reprove implies an often kindly intent to correct a fault. gently reproved my table manners rebuke suggests a sharp or stern reproof. the papal letter rebuked dissenting clerics reprimand implies a severe, formal, often public or official rebuke. reprimanded by the ethics committee admonish suggests earnest or friendly warning and counsel. admonished by my parents to control expenses reproach and chide suggest displeasure or disappointment expressed in mild reproof or scolding. reproached him for tardiness chided by their mother for untidiness

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“Reprove.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/re-prove. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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