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.