• WordNet 3.6
    • v reproof censure severely or angrily "The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car","The deputy ragged the Prime Minister","The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup"
    • n reproof an act or expression of criticism and censure "he had to take the rebuke with a smile on his face"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Reproof An expression of blame or censure; especially, blame expressed to the face; censure for a fault; chiding; reproach. "Those best can bear reproof who merit praise."
    • Reproof Refutation; confutation; contradiction.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n reproof Reproach; blame.
    • n reproof The act of one who reproves; expression of blame or censure addressed to a person; blame expressed to the face; censure for a fault; reprehension; rebuke; reprimand.
    • n reproof Disproof; confutation; refutation.
    • n reproof Synonyms Monition, Reprehension, etc. See admonition and censure.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Reproof rē-prōōf′ a reproving or blaming: rebuke: censure: reprehension
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  • Samuel Lover
    Samuel Lover
    “Reproof on her lips, but a smile in her eyes.”
  • Proverb
    “Private reproof is the best grave for private faults.”
  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “By continually scolding someone, they in time become accustomed to it and despise your reproof.”
  • E. Wigglesworh
    E. Wigglesworh
    “Sarcasm spoils reproof.”
  • Bible
    “The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame. [Proverbs 29:15]”
  • Walter Savage Landor
    “An ingenuous mind feels in unmerited praise the bitterest reproof.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. reproef,. See Proof Reprove
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. reprover (Fr. réprouver)—L. reprobāre, the opposite of approbāre (cf. Approve)—re-, off, probāre, to try.


In literature:

Is there in this world any man so restrained by shame that he does not provoke reproof, as a noble horse the whip?
"Sacred Books of the East" by Various
Every post carried complaints to the proprietors, and brought down instructions, reproofs, and exhortations to concord.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume X" by Robert Kerr
On account of a letter of reproof which he ventured to write to the King, he lost favour at Court, and the policy pursued by James II.
"A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature" by John W. Cousin
Go, my dear fellow, and tell Hansapadika from me that I take her delicate reproof as it is intended.
"Hindu Literature" by Epiphanius Wilson
SPEAKER down on him with swift stern reproof.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 101, July 11, 1891" by Various
A fourth sign of a state of declension in spirituality is an unwillingness to receive Christian counsel or reproof.
"Food for the Lambs; or, Helps for Young Christians" by Charles Ebert Orr
The sweetness that wins is tempered with the severity that humbles; the smile of love, with the sternness of reproof.
"Shakespeare: His Life, Art, And Characters, Volume I." by H. N. Hudson
What can you say of commands, reproofs, and rules?
"Study of Child Life" by Marion Foster Washburne
He once received a gentle reproof for his brevity.
"Sketches of the Covenanters" by J. C. McFeeters
Whetstone of Reproof, its authorship, 231.
"Notes & Queries, Volume 2, May-December, 1850, Index" by Various
This public reproof could have but one meaning.
"The Last Shot" by Frederick Palmer
One way and degree of binding is by authoritative, convincing reproof.
"The Divine Right of Church Government" by Sundry Ministers Of Christ Within The City Of London
She is cockered up into a domestic martyr, and is bred into an impatience of reproof which is very harmful and very ungraceful.
"Brave Men and Women" by O.E. Fuller
Tradesmen, artisans, laborers, peasants, jostled the princes and nobility, nor met reproof.
"The Mississippi Bubble" by Emerson Hough
Yet could Pomponius, were his father alive, hear less severe reproofs!
"The Works of Horace" by Horace
He is the only man to whom Alfred will listen in reproof.
"King Alfred's Viking" by Charles W. Whistler
But Jacqueline slapped his hand in reproof.
"Max" by Katherine Cecil Thurston
And one and all dissolve before her silent splendour of reproof, all save Aristophanes.
"The Poetry Of Robert Browning" by Stopford A. Brooke
This called for reproof from the other side, and the discussion grew hot and acrimonious.
"The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
I am unwilling to use harsher language, but I could not conscientiously let it pass without reproof.
"Going To Maynooth Traits And Stories Of The Irish Peasantry, The Works of William Carleton, Volume Three" by William Carleton

In poetry:

Watch thou and wait.
A slight reproof might now suffice the child,
Tame as a bird unto a gentle voice.
"The Spagnoletto. Act III" by Emma Lazarus
Sweet Lesbia,when our love is done,
Leave no reproachful shade or blot,
No least reproof, on all or aught
That made us twain, that made us one.
"Adjuration" by Clark Ashton Smith
Sweet Lesbia, when our love is done,
Leave no reproachful shade or blot,
No least reproof, on all or aught
That made us twain, that made us one:
"Classic Epigram" by Clark Ashton Smith
He frowns, and darkness veils the moon;
The fainting sun grows dim at noon;
The pillars of heav'n's starry roof
Tremble and start at his reproof.
"Hymn 170" by Isaac Watts
An elder in office lang time he had been,
An' weel he fulfill'd a' its duties, I ween;
An' mony that socht him, aneath his ain roof,
Gat counsel an' comfort, advice an' reproof.
"Sketches of Village Character In Days "O' Langsyne"" by Janet Hamilton
For, though spotless herself, she could sorrow for them
Who sullied with evil the spirit's pure gem;
And a sigh or a tear could the erring reprove,
And the sting of reproof was still tempered by love.
"A Lament" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Through the Word of God we can receive instruction, correction, reproof and doctrine that will keep us moving forward in our spiritual walk and also prevent our stumbling along the way.
This précis serves, to an extent, as a reproof of what one loves.
The reaction I got was, sadly, what I've come to expect when I've piped up about a medical procedure: a roll of the eyes, a bit of a sigh, and the gentle reproof.

In science:

Then Q(a, H ) ∼= Q(b, H ). ∼= Ωb , there exists an isomorphism ω : Ωa → Ωb reProof.
Cuntz-Li algebras from a-adic numbers