When you scold someone for bad behavior, your scolding words are an example of a reproof.
Origin of reproofMiddle English reprove from Old French reprouve from reprouver
Origin of reproofMiddle English reprof variant of reprove, repreve from Old French reprueve from reprover to find fault with ; see reprove .
(third-person singular simple present reproofs, present participle reproofing, simple past and past participle reproofed)
- To proof again.
- We need to reproof the book before publication.