One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An expression of blame or disapproval.‘she welcomed him with a mild reproof for leaving her alone’mass noun ‘a look of reproof’
rebuke, reprimand, reproach, admonishment, admonition, reproval, remonstrationView synonyms
- ‘It was nearest to a reproof that I'd ever heard from her.’
- ‘Then why, why oh men do you continue to reject his reproof?’
- ‘She needed no reproof from her parents - she had herself for that.’
- ‘A statue showing Medea about to slaughter her children symbolizes the reproof of infanticide. In this case, death is clearly shown as a contained force, even a holy force.’
- ‘Keira, however, behaved as a model daughter, leaving no room for reproof.’
- ‘She stood looking at me, arms crossed as if waiting for a reproof.’
- ‘Wendy put her arms akimbo and tapped a foot, sending him a look of reproof.’
- ‘By the faintly chagrined expression on his face, Darius could very safely assume that Asgard had received a similar reproof.’
- ‘She hit him on the shoulder lightly in reproof before laughing slightly before she realized that hurt her side even more.’
- ‘She could not bear to witness the reproof in her parents' eyes.’
- ‘It could signify a promise or a threat or a reproof.’
- ‘In a final excerpt, the merchant issues a stern warning to his fellow countrymen (in a passage that must rate as one of the great reproofs in all English literature).’
- ‘‘And what is more,’ he continued, with the slightest hint of reproof in his voice, ‘You should learn to mind your tongue.’’
- ‘Chris shook his finger in a mock reproof of his niece.’
- ‘He might deliver a speech calling for the improvement of congressional investigations without directly indicting the primary culprit whose excesses prompted the reproofs.’
- ‘One eye cocked in gentle reproof, Don Mario sipped the wine.’
- ‘I closed the door and let out a sigh of relief mixed with reproof.’
- ‘The youngster who does not scramble from a chair to make way for an adult will draw a sharp reproof.’
- ‘It sounded more like a reproof than anything else.’
- ‘He can be sarcastic and severe without becoming offensive; his reproof often takes the form of humorous banter.’
Middle English: from Old French reprove, from reprover ‘reprove’. Early senses included ‘ignominy, personal shame’ and ‘scorn’.
1British Make (a garment) waterproof again.
- ‘Nonetheless, the military foundations and other army-connected companies are above reproof.’
- ‘Despite their spotty record, the military foundations and other army-connected companies are generally above reproof.’
- ‘The responses of writers and scholars to his work have varied, journalists tending towards praise and even adulation, academic linguists towards caution and even reproof.’
2Make a fresh proof of (printed matter).
- ‘The main text needs to be reproofed, for example, ‘[a] nd when they made a motion, that called out loudly’ should be ‘they called out loudly.’’
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