Definition of reprove in English:

reprove

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Reprimand or censure (someone)

    ‘he was reproved for obscenity’
    [with direct speech] ‘“Don't be childish, Hilary,” he reproved mildly’
    ‘a reproving glance’
    • ‘Indeed, the Church reproves every form of persecution against whomsoever it may be directed.’
    • ‘‘You always were far too impatient,’ Angelus reproved.’
    • ‘There was no discipline to impose itself on this clowning, and no parental authority to reprove it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Edie reproved herself bitterly for hugging Walter the way she had, earlier.’
    • ‘Whoever is unpunctual deserves that other people should reprove him for being unpunctual.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘John reproves what he perceives as the author's insolent comments and suggests bringing his angry feelings to God in prayer.’
    • ‘Our repeated failure to reprove and adequately rebuke heresy calls into serious question our theological system.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His tone was gently reproving, but I was determined not to let him talk me down.’
    • ‘‘Mock not, mock not,’ he reproves, ‘ere you flout old ends any further, examine your consciences.’’
    • ‘I reproved him, which rewarded me only with a glare and a longer drink.’
    • ‘He fixed her with a mildly reproving glance which diluted quickly into a fond grin.’
    • ‘He is ‘always joking with her,’ never reproves her, even ‘babies her’ much of the time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now, however, he was looking straight at her, eyes direct, face serious and tone reproving.’
    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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Origin

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

Pronunciation

reprove

/rəˈpro͞ov/