There are 2 main definitions of reproof in English:

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reproof 1

Pronunciation: /rəˈpro͞of/

noun

An expression of blame or disapproval: she welcomed him with a mild reproof for leaving her alone a look of reproof
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
disapproval, censure, criticism, condemnation
informal dressing down

Origin

Middle English: from Old French reprove, from reprover 'reprove'. Early senses included 'ignominy, personal shame', and 'scorn'.

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Syllabification: re·proof

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There are 2 main definitions of reproof in English:

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reproof 2

Pronunciation: /riːˈpruːf/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

verb

[with object]
1British Make (a garment) waterproof again.
Example sentences
  • 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).
Example sentences
  • 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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Line breaks: re|proof

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