AskDefine | Define reprove

Dictionary Definition

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

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English

Etymology

From reprobare, via French reprouver.

Pronunciation

Verb

  1. To convey one’s disapproval of; to rebuke, especially in a gentle, sweet, kind tone.
    • The Book of Proverbs in The Bible (KJV)
      Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.

Derived terms

Translations

to convey one's disapproval of

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

admonish, bring to book, call down, call to account, chasten, chastise, chide, correct, have words with, lecture, lesson, objurgate, rack, rate, rebuke, reprehend, reprimand, scold, set down, set straight, spank, straighten out, take down, take to task, upbraid
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