Definitions for: Reprove

[v] take to task; "He admonished the child for his bad behavior"

Webster (1913) Definition: Re*prove" (r?-pr??v"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Reproved
(-pr??vd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Reproving.] [F. r['e]prouver,
OF. reprover, fr. L. reprobare. See Reprieve, Reprobate,
and cf. Reproof.]
1. To convince. [Obs.]

When he is come, he will reprove the world of sin,
and of righteousness, and of judgment. --John xvi.

2. To disprove; to refute. [Obs.]

Reprove my allegation, if you can. --Shak.

3. 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?'' --Milton.

4. To express disapprobation of; as, to reprove faults.

He neither reproved the ordinance of John, neither
plainly condemned the fastings of the other men.

Syn: To reprehend; chide; rebuke; scold; blame censure.

Usage: Reprove, Rebuke, Reprimand. These words all
signufy the expression of disapprobation. To reprove
implies greater calmness and self-possession. To
rebuke implies a more excited and personal feeling. A
reproof may be administered long after the offience is
committed, and is usually intended for the reformation
of the offender; a rebuke is commonly given at the
moment of the wrong, and is administered by way of
punishment and condemnation. A reprimand proceeds from
a person invested with authority, and is a formal and
offiscial act. A child is reproved for his faults, and
rebuked for his impudence. A military officer is
reprimanded for neglect or violation of duty.

Synonyms: admonish

See Also: criticise, criticize, pick apart

Try our:
Scrabble Word Finder

Scrabble Cheat

Words With Friends Cheat

Hanging With Friends Cheat

Scramble With Friends Cheat

Ruzzle Cheat

Related Resources:
animals starting with f