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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 of reproof
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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  • There were tears in the poor girl's voice, and she evidently felt her brother's reproof keenly.

    Heriot's Choice Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • But Adriana will not accept the reproof: she will have her husband at all costs.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • Repression and reproof, and Page 61 thwarting of the child's will, and coaxing and entreaty must cease.

    The Nervous Child Hector Charles Cameron
  • And now the little school is ever present with us, ours still for counsel or reproof.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • At last, as he felt himself likely to have more to say in reproof than on any other subject, he began with that.

    Vice Versa F. Anstey
  • But the stillness upon her face bore to me the shadow of a reproof.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • I am conscious 57 of my inadvertency, and that the reproof is just.

    Alida Amelia Stratton Comfield
  • Hence also the reproof of our own mode of life when we attempt to reprove others.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia Raphael Sabatini
  • They construed His words respecting leaven as a reference to bread, and possibly as a reproof for their neglect.

    Jesus the Christ James Edward Talmage
  • "It will pass," the physician answered, with a movement of reproof.

    Sacrifice Stephen French Whitman
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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