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reprove

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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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burn one's ears, get after, get on

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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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bring to account, call to account

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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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look down one's nose (on)

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Synonym Discussion of reprove

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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