Definition of reprove in English:

reprove

verb

[with object]
  • Reprimand (someone)

    ‘he was reproved for obscenity’
    with direct speech ‘‘Don't be childish, Hilary,’ he reproved mildly’
    • ‘The owners of one Goff house reproved gossiping neighbours by posting a sign, ‘We don't like your house either’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I turned out of Father's office, not caring if he reproved me or not.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘His tone was gently reproving, but I was determined not to let him talk me down.’
    • ‘There was no discipline to impose itself on this clowning, and no parental authority to reprove it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘Now, however, he was looking straight at her, eyes direct, face serious and tone reproving.’
    • ‘‘You always were far too impatient,’ Angelus reproved.’
    • ‘He fixed her with a mildly reproving glance which diluted quickly into a fond grin.’
    • ‘‘Mock not, mock not,’ he reproves, ‘ere you flout old ends any further, examine your consciences.’’
    • ‘Our repeated failure to reprove and adequately rebuke heresy calls into serious question our theological system.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Edie reproved herself bitterly for hugging Walter the way she had, earlier.’
    • ‘Indeed, the Church reproves every form of persecution against whomsoever it may be directed.’
    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
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Origin

Middle English (also in the senses ‘reject’ and ‘censure’): from Old French reprover, from late Latin reprobare ‘disapprove’ (see reprobate).

Pronunciation

reprove

/rɪˈpruːv/