reprove
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ɹɪˈpɹuːv/
Verb

reprove (reproves, present participle reproving; past and past participle reproved)

  1. (intransitive) to express disapproval. [from 14th c.]
  2. (transitive) to criticise, rebuke or reprimand (someone), usually in a gentle and kind tone. [from 14th c.]
    • 1611, Bible, Authorized (King James) Version, Proverbs IX.8:
      Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
  3. (transitive) to deny or reject (a feeling, behaviour, action etc.). [from 14th c.]
    • 1982, Lawrence Durrell, Constance, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 856:
      She ached to be with Affad again – and to reprove the feeling she frowned and bit her lip.
Synonyms Translations Verb

reprove (reproves, present participle reproving; past reproved, past participle reproven)

  1. (transitive) To prove again.



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