Definition of reproof noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//rɪˈpruːf//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpruːf//
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  1. 1[uncountable] blame or disapproval His words were a mixture of pity and reproof.
  2. 2[countable] a remark that expresses blame or disapproval synonym rebuke She received a mild reproof from the teacher.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French reprove, from reprover ‘reprove’. Early senses included ‘disgrace, personal shame’ and ‘scorn’.Extra examples He clicked his tongue in mock reproof. She welcomed me with a smile and a gentle reproof for not having phoned. He received a mild reproof for being late.
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