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reprove

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Pronunciation: /rɪˈpruːv
 
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Definition of reprove in English:

verb

[with object]
Reprimand (someone): he was reproved for obscenity [with direct speech]: ‘Don’t be childish, Hilary,’ he reproved mildly (as adjective reproving) a reproving glance
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms

Origin

Middle English (also in the senses 'reject' and 'censure'): from Old French reprover, from late Latin reprobare 'disapprove' (see reprobate).

Derivatives

reprovable

1
adjective

reprover

2
noun
Example sentences
  • And I will make thy tongue cleave to the roof of thy mouth, that thou shalt be dumb, and shalt not be to them a reprover: for they are a rebellious house.

reprovingly

3
adverb
Example sentences
  • 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.

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