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Meaning of REPROVE

Pronunciation:  ri'proov

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  take to task; "He admonished the child for his bad behavior"

REPROVE is a 7 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: admonish
 See Also: criticise, criticize, pick apart



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Re*prove"\ (r?-pr??v"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Reproved}
(-pr??vd"); p. pr. & vb. n. {Reproving}.] [F. r['e]prouver,
OF. reprover, fr. L. reprobare. See {Reprieve}, {Reprobate},
and cf. {Reproof}.]
1. To convince. [Obs.]

         When he is come, he will reprove the world of sin,
         and of righteousness, and of judgment. --John xvi.

2. To disprove; to refute. [Obs.]

         Reprove my allegation, if you can.    --Shak.

3. To chide to the face as blameworthy; to accuse as guilty;
   to censure.

         What if thy son

         Prove disobedient, and, reproved, retort,
         ``Wherefore didst thou beget me?''    --Milton.

4. To express disapprobation of; as, to reprove faults.

         He neither reproved the ordinance of John, neither
         plainly condemned the fastings of the other men.

Syn: To reprehend; chide; rebuke; scold; blame censure.

Usage: {Reprove}, {Rebuke}, {Reprimand}. These words all
       signufy the expression of disapprobation. To reprove
       implies greater calmness and self-possession. To
       rebuke implies a more excited and personal feeling. A
       reproof may be administered long after the offience is
       committed, and is usually intended for the reformation
       of the offender; a rebuke is commonly given at the
       moment of the wrong, and is administered by way of
       punishment and condemnation. A reprimand proceeds from
       a person invested with authority, and is a formal and
       offiscial act. A child is reproved for his faults, and
       rebuked for his impudence. A military officer is
       reprimanded for neglect or violation of duty.