An expression of blame or disapproval: she welcomed him with a mild reproof for leaving her alone [mass noun]: a look of reproof
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- It could signify a promise or a threat or a reproof.
- A statue showing Medea about to slaughter her children symbolizes the reproof of infanticide. In this case, death is clearly shown as a contained force, even a holy force.
- By the faintly chagrined expression on his face, Darius could very safely assume that Asgard had received a similar reproof.
British informalticking off, wigging
Australian/New Zealand informalserve
British vulgar slangbollocking
Middle English: from Old French reprove, from reprover 'reprove'. Early senses included 'ignominy, personal shame' and 'scorn'.
1British Make (a garment) waterproof again.
- The responses of writers and scholars to his work have varied, journalists tending towards praise and even adulation, academic linguists towards caution and even reproof.
- Despite their spotty record, the military foundations and other army-connected companies are generally above reproof.
- Nonetheless, the military foundations and other army-connected companies are above reproof.
2Make a fresh proof of (printed matter).
- The main text needs to be reproofed, for example, ‘[a] nd when they made a motion, that called out loudly’ should be ‘they called out loudly.’
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