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reprove

verb

Definition: to censure or criticize someone

Synonyms: blame, admonish, chide, rebuke, censure, criticize, reprimand

Antonyms: praise, applaud, congratulate

Tips: Reprove has its roots in the Latin reprobare, "to prove unworthy." If a person or something a person has done is "unworthy," the person may be reproved. When you reprove someone for something, you disapprove aloud. The related noun is reproof and denotes a chastisement or reprimand.

Usage Examples:

The account executive was reproved for his rude behavior toward the client. (criticized, admonished)

I know he made a mistake, but donít reprove him too harshly; he was only trying to help. (chide, censure, admonish)

She was so angry that she knew she had to wait until she had calmed down to reprove him, or her reprimand would be too harsh. (rebuke, admonish, chide)

The reproof stung a little, but the boy never made the same mistake again. (reprimand, chastisement) noun


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