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

    Heriot's Choice Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • The clown's only answer to this was a reproof for telling wicked stories.

    The Talking Horse F. Anstey
  • Repression and reproof, and Page 61 thwarting of the child's will, and coaxing and entreaty must cease.

    The Nervous Child Hector Charles Cameron
  • reproof is to be given not in anger but in a sweet and mild temper.

  • 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
  • John was very indignant at this, but his reproof had little effect on Leo.

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

    Alida Amelia Stratton Comfield
  • I was touched with the reproof; I was, perhaps, more touched by the manner.

    Select Temperance Tracts American Tract Society
  • 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
  • Or whom have you driven from Him, by reproof, fault-finding, and holding yourself aloof?

    'Our guy' Mrs. E. E. Boyd
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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