- To reprove is to criticize or scold someone.
- When you tell a young person that you do not like the way they dress, this is an example of a situation where you reprove.
- When you scold someone for his bad behavior, this is an example of a situation where you reprove.
- to speak to in disapproval; rebuke
- to express disapproval of (something done or said); censure
- Obsolete to refute; disprove
- Obsolete to convince or convict
Origin: Middle English reproven from Old French reprouver from Ecclesiastical Late Latin reprobare: see re- and amp; prove
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transitive verb re·proved, re·prov·ing, re·proves
- To voice or convey disapproval of; rebuke. See Synonyms at admonish.
- To find fault with.
Origin: Middle English reproven, from Anglo-Norman repruver, variant of Old French reprover, from Late Latin reprobāre, to disapprove; see reprobate.
- re·provˈa·ble adjective
- re·provˈal noun
- re·provˈer noun
- re·provˈing·ly adverb