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[ri-proof] /rɪˈpruf/
the act of reproving, censuring, or rebuking.
an expression of censure or rebuke.
Origin of reproof
1300-50; Middle English reprof < Old French reprove, derivative of reprover to reprove
Related forms
reproofless, adjective
self-reproof, noun
1. rebuke, reproach, remonstrance, chiding. Unabridged
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  • Another table picks it up, then another and another, a chorus of reproof.
  • Christine seemed alarmingly solid and beyond reproof.
  • His onstage belligerence and posturing have also occasioned strong critical reproof.
  • History disappears into fantasy only to reappear as a haunting or a reproof.
  • What seems coolest about the online guitar gods is that in every way they're a reproof to garage bands.
  • 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


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

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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