- Reprimand (someone): he was reproved for obscenity [with direct speech]: ‘Don’t be childish, Hilary,’ he reproved mildly (as adjective reproving) a reproving glanceMore example sentences
reprimand, rebuke, reproach, scold, admonish, remonstrate with, chastise, chide, upbraid, berate, take to task, pull up, castigate, lambaste, read someone the Riot Act, give someone a piece of one's mind, haul over the coals, criticize, censure• informal tell off, give someone a talking-to, give someone a telling-off, dress down, give someone a dressing-down, give someone an earful, give someone a roasting, give someone a rocket, give someone a rollicking, rap, rap over the knuckles, slap someone's wrist, let someone have it, send someone away with a flea in their ear, bawl out, give someone hell, come down on, pitch into, lay into, lace into, give someone a caning, put on the mat, slap down, blast, rag, keelhaulBritish • informal tick off, have a go at, carpet, give someone a mouthful, tear someone off a strip, give someone what for, give someone some stick, wig, give someone a wigging, give someone a row, row
- He fixed her with a mildly reproving glance which diluted quickly into a fond grin.
- Growing up bilingual in English and German, Hobsbawm picked up three or four other languages along the way (he reproves monoglot historians for their provincialism).
- He is ‘always joking with her,’ never reproves her, even ‘babies her’ much of the time.
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- One reader she noted, had written to her reprovingly, but added: ‘You may have lost your marbles, but you have kept your manners.’
- I have actually started to avoid the computer which seems to look at me reprovingly every time I pass by.
- ‘Oh don't laugh,’ the girl said reprovingly to Sam.
Middle English (also in the senses 'reject' and 'censure'): from Old French reprover, from late Latin reprobare 'disapprove' (see reprobate).