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reproof

[ri-proof] /rɪˈpruf/
noun
1.
the act of reproving, censuring, or rebuking.
2.
an expression of censure or rebuke.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English reprof < Old French reprove, derivative of reprover to reprove
Related forms
reproofless, adjective
self-reproof, noun
Synonyms
1. rebuke, reproach, remonstrance, chiding.
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  • Another table picks it up, then another and another, a chorus of reproof.
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  • History disappears into fantasy only to reappear as a haunting or a reproof.
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  • The requirements for periodic reproof tests and the conditions under which reproof or reinspection are required.
  • He became as voluble in his admiration as he had been before in his reproof.
British Dictionary definitions for reproof

reproof

/rɪˈpruːf/
noun
1.
an act or expression of rebuke or censure
Word Origin
C14 reproffe, from Old French reprove, from Late Latin reprobāre to disapprove of; see reprobate
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Word Origin and History for reproof
n.

mid-14c., "a shame, a disgrace," also "a censure, a rebuke," from Old French reprove "reproach, rejection," verbal noun from reprover "to blame, accuse" (see reprove).

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