There are 2 main definitions of reproof in English:


Syllabification: re·proof
Pronunciation: /rəˈpro͞of


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.
disapproval, censure, criticism, condemnation
informal dressing down


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

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There are 2 main definitions of reproof in English:


Line breaks: re|proof
Pronunciation: /riːˈpruːf/

Entry from British & World English dictionary


[with object]
1British Make (a garment) waterproof again.
2Make a fresh proof of (printed matter).

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