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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ a sharp reproof
▪ A similar distinction may be made between praise and reproof on the one hand and credit and blame on the other.
▪ Her voice was balanced precisely between reproof and mild shock.
▪ No reason for the reproof is suggested.
▪ Shame on shame, and the sight of the awful mixture of distress and reproof in his parents' faces.
▪ The reproof of Beatrice is not, I conceive, as remote as it might seem from our own world.
▪ The reproof, justified or not, is significant.
▪ There had been something of a reproof in that letter, even though no word of it had been written openly.
▪ When Gebrec approached, he took him by the arm and murmured something which Melissa took to be a mild reproof.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Reproof \Re*proof"\ (r?-pr??f"), n. [OE. reproef. See Proof, Reprove.]

  1. Refutation; confutation; contradiction. [Obs.]

  2. An expression of blame or censure; especially, blame expressed to the face; censure for a fault; chiding; reproach.

    Those best can bear reproof who merit praise.

    Syn: Admonition; reprehension; chiding; reprimand; rebuke; censure; blame. See Admonition.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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).


n. Act or instance of reprove; a rebuke. vb. To proof again.

  1. n. an act or expression of criticism and censure; "he had to take the rebuke with a smile on his face" [syn: rebuke, reproval, reprehension, reprimand]

  2. v. censure severely or angrily; "The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car"; "The deputy ragged the Prime Minister"; "The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup" [syn: call on the carpet, rebuke, rag, trounce, lecture, reprimand, jaw, dress down, call down, scold, chide, berate, bawl out, remonstrate, chew out, chew up, have words, lambaste, lambast]

Usage examples of "reproof".

It was not, however, with the consciousness of deserving reproof, for, if she ever had seen his hand-writing, the present characters did not bring it to her recollection.

She threw a glance of sharp reproof upon her niece, who immediately withdrew, and of haughty displeasure upon Valancourt.

At length she collected courage to break it herself, in the hope of preventing fine speeches from Morano, and reproof from Montoni.

I do not wish to belabor it or give undue reproof, but you cannot be called of position and character.

The sweet, patient smile that ever met their taunts, the mild reproof when they concealed his beads or prayer-book, his willingness to oblige on all occasions, were remembered with tears.

Charles gave vent to feelings she had long nursed in her bosom, and spoke in disrespectful language of reproof to her intoxicated father.

Many a blue wave has wrapt in its icy shroud the child of misfortune who was unable to bear the shame and reproof of her own conscience.

Holy Spirit in their lives, take reproof and correction, and ask for help when they are in batde.

There was a profound reproof in her voice, just in that single word, which Quinn heard and acknowledged with a shrug of her shoulder.

Her looks entreated pardon for the form of the implied reproof, as I resumed the larger part of the money she held out to me, forcing back the smaller into her reluctant hands.

Put all the correction or reproof I ever received from you into one, and repeat it daily, and never should I have complained, much less dreamed of revenge.

When he commanded Pentaur to meet the princess with words of reproof, he had hoped to awaken his ambition through the proud sense of power over the mighty ones of the earth.

Most of the knights with reproof, the Schiopettieri with anger, Petro Dorma with the stern face of official Venice.

I have known Elsie a great deal longer than you have, and I feel very certain that a gentle reproof would do her quite as much good, and not wound her half so much.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness!