Definition of reprove in English:



  • Reprimand (someone)

    ‘he was reproved for obscenity’
    [with direct speech] ‘‘Don't be childish, Hilary,’ he reproved mildly’
    ‘a reproving glance’
    • ‘‘You always were far too impatient,’ Angelus reproved.’
    • ‘Emma makes a joke to Mr Knightley about their being ‘so much brother and sister’, but he reproves and corrects her in a way that is more fatherly than anything her own fretful parent can manage.’
    • ‘Now, however, he was looking straight at her, eyes direct, face serious and tone reproving.’
    • ‘Edie reproved herself bitterly for hugging Walter the way she had, earlier.’
    • ‘‘Mustn't be cruel to animals, my boy,’ he reproved, with both palms cradling the gleaming-orange face so that it hooked to his own faintly stern one.’
    • ‘The Church reproves, as foreign to the mind of Christ, any discrimination against men or harassment of them because of their race, color, condition of life, or religion.’
    • ‘The owners of one Goff house reproved gossiping neighbours by posting a sign, ‘We don't like your house either’.’
    • ‘I turned out of Father's office, not caring if he reproved me or not.’
    • ‘He fixed her with a mildly reproving glance which diluted quickly into a fond grin.’
    • ‘Though sympathetic toward General Tang, Li said he still felt compelled to criticize General Tang for not obeying the moral principles of the military to never reprove superior officers.’
    • ‘Growing up bilingual in English and German, Hobsbawm picked up three or four other languages along the way (he reproves monoglot historians for their provincialism).’
    • ‘He is ‘always joking with her,’ never reproves her, even ‘babies her’ much of the time.’
    • ‘Whoever is unpunctual deserves that other people should reprove him for being unpunctual.’
    • ‘‘Mock not, mock not,’ he reproves, ‘ere you flout old ends any further, examine your consciences.’’
    • ‘His tone was gently reproving, but I was determined not to let him talk me down.’
    • ‘Our repeated failure to reprove and adequately rebuke heresy calls into serious question our theological system.’
    • ‘Indeed, the Church reproves every form of persecution against whomsoever it may be directed.’
    • ‘I reproved him, which rewarded me only with a glare and a longer drink.’
    • ‘John reproves what he perceives as the author's insolent comments and suggests bringing his angry feelings to God in prayer.’
    • ‘There was no discipline to impose itself on this clowning, and no parental authority to reprove it.’
    reprimand, rebuke, reproach, scold, admonish, remonstrate with, chastise, chide, upbraid, berate, take to task, pull up, castigate, lambaste, read someone the riot act, give someone a piece of one's mind, haul over the coals, criticize, censure
    tell off, give someone a talking-to, give someone a telling-off, dress down, give someone a dressing-down, give someone an earful, give someone a roasting, give someone a rocket, give someone a rollicking, rap, rap over the knuckles, slap someone's wrist, let someone have it, send someone away with a flea in their ear, bawl out, give someone hell, come down on, pitch into, lay into, lace into, give someone a caning, put on the mat, slap down, blast, rag, keelhaul
    tick off, have a go at, carpet, give someone a mouthful, tear someone off a strip, give someone what for, give someone some stick, wig, give someone a wigging, give someone a row, row
    call down, rate, give someone a rating, trim
    reprehend, objurgate
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Middle English (also in the senses ‘reject’ and ‘censure’): from Old French reprover, from late Latin reprobare disapprove (see reprobate).