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[ri-proo-vuh l] /rɪˈpru vəl/
the act of reproving.
a reproof.
Origin of reproval
1840-50; reprove + -al2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The force of the reproval cannot be properly understood unless we are acquainted with the customs of the East.

    Bible Animals; J. G. Wood
  • On the contrary, he went toward the two hurriedly, with a gesture of reproval.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • The humanity of the Fields would not utter a word of reproval to either of us.

    An Old Man's Love Anthony Trollope
  • It could not be said that he took offense, but he hinted at reproval.

  • Father Dominico cast a look half of fright, half of reproval upon his guest.

    The Three Partners Bret Harte
  • "Why, nothin' could be plainer than her words," said Mrs. Flagg in a tone of reproval.

    The Life of Nancy Sarah Orne Jewett
  • He can drown down the voice of missionaries, and they are halting in reproval.

  • Mr. Gladstone did not possess the same quiet power of reproval.

    The Bridling of Pegasus Alfred Austin
  • "I shall tell the doctor he needn't answer that question, Betty," she said, with just a shade of reproval in her voice.

    The Road to Understanding Eleanor H. Porter
  • It was reproval; but tender reproval, mixed with mild amazement.

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