• WordNet 3.6
    • v reprove take to task "He admonished the child for his bad behavior"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Reprove To chide to the face as blameworthy; to accuse as guilty; to censure. "What if thy son""Prove disobedient, and, reproved , retort,
      “Wherefore didst thou beget me?”"
    • Reprove To convince. "When he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment."
    • Reprove To disprove; to refute. "Reprove my allegation, if you can."
    • Reprove To express disapprobation of; as, to reprove faults. "He neither reproved the ordinance of John, neither plainly condemned the fastings of the other men."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • reprove To disapprove; condemn; censure.
    • reprove To charge with a fault; chide; reprehend: formerly sometimes with of.
    • reprove To convince, as of a fault; convict.
    • reprove To refute; disprove.
    • reprove Synonyms and Rebuke, Reprimand, etc. See censure and admonition.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Reprove to condemn: to chide: to convict: to censure: to disprove or refute
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  • Socrates
    “Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions, but those who kindly reprove thy faults.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “To reprove small faults within due vehemence, is as absurd as if a man should take a great hammer to kill a fly on his friend's forehead.”
  • Publilius Syrus
    “Reprove your friends in secret, praise them openly.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “Timidity is a fault for which it is dangerous to reprove persons whom we wish to correct of it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. réprouver, OF. reprover, fr. L. reprobare,. See Reprieve Reprobate, and cf. Reproof
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:

She has stood like a lamb,' said Mrs. Halfpenny reprovingly.
"The Two Sides of the Shield" by Charlotte M. Yonge
But Lieutenant-Colonel Hector St. Hilaire waved him down courteously, though rather reprovingly.
"The Scouts of Stonewall" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Said Mr. Arthur, Mr. Martin, I think the lady has very handsomely reproved you.
"Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded" by Samuel Richardson
He glanced at her reprovingly.
"When Valmond Came to Pontiac, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
Guida shook her head reprovingly.
"The Battle Of The Strong, Complete A Romance of Two Kingdoms" by Gilbert Parker
Hylda made no answer, but caught the strings of the 'cello lightly, and shook her head reprovingly, with a smile meant to be playful.
"The Weavers, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
Yet she reproved herself for her stupid concern, for Jean Jacques would have spoken last night, if he had discovered anything.
"The Money Master, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
Her dead mother stood before her last night, she says, and looked at her reprovingly, for she had killed Mogg Megone.
"Myths And Legends Of Our Own Land, Complete" by Charles M. Skinner
But I reproved the corporal, who respectfully disclaimed the charge, and said the kick was an incident of the scuffle.
"Army Life in a Black Regiment" by Thomas Wentworth Higginson
I did not hear the door open, but I heard mother's calm voice, gently reproving Jane for an unseemly giggle.
"The Yeoman Adventurer" by George W. Gough

In poetry:

If we reprove some hateful lie,
How is their fury stirred
"Are not our lips our own?" they cry;
"And who shall be our Lord?"
"Psalm 12" by Isaac Watts
Like pilgrims through the countries round
Securely they removed;
And haughty kings that on them frowned
Severely he reproved.
"PSALM 105 Abridged" by Isaac Watts
"Not for the want of bullocks slain
Will I the world reprove;
Altars, and rites, and forms are vain,
Without the fire of love.
"Psalm 50 part 3" by Isaac Watts
Such thoughts are vain, too vain —yet why
Should you such thoughts reprove —
O pity, pity me, for I
Am poor, and cannot love.
"Song - If I Could Love" by John Gardiner Calkins Brainard
But for all your faults I love you,
For you linger with us still,
Though the wintry winds reprove you
And the snow is on the hill.
"To A Sparrow" by Francis Ledwidge
Return at once, when I reprove,
Lest I thy candlestick remove;
And thou, too late, thy loss lament;
I warn before I strike, Repent.
"Ephesus" by John Newton

In news:

However, her chief of staff reproved.
Reproving that God is not a God of fairness or love.
Environmental agency is "is not required to reprove the existence of the atom".
Ethics panel clears Rep Waters , reproves grandson.

In science:

The main technical issue in this paper is to reprove Phase 1, namely, the existence of a 1-factor with small number of cycles.
Getting directed Hamilton cycle twice faster
In , Janson reproved the same result for both the undirected and directed versions, using the method of graph decomposition and pro jection.
Distribution of certain sparse spanning subgraphs in random graphs
That is, every section of E vanishes at some point (we will reprove this fact in Proposition 9.10 below).
Divisibility properties for C*-algebras
Without defining these notions explicitly, we just mention that many of the results mentioned above which were proved using Theorem 2, were later reproved using graph limits, see e.g.
A Wowzer Type Lower Bound for the Strong Regularity Lemma
It was essentially shown in , and we will reprove it here, that radial SLEκ can be given as a limit of boundadry/boundary SLEκ in the annulus.
Defining SLE in multiply connected domains with the Brownian loop measure