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reprove
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  • "We haven’t seen you at the library yet," Miss Villets reproved.
  • But all of the smart set went to the lawn-festivals of the Episcopal Church, and were reprovingly polite to outsiders.
  • And my own son reproves me because I haven’t given him religious instruction.
  • She showed her decayed teeth in a reproving smile, and in the confidential voice of one who scents stale bedroom scandal she breathed: "I just don’t see how folks can talk and act like they do.

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  • She’s the kind of boss who reproves in private and praises in public.
  • I don’t want to spoil her, but I don’t have the heart to reprove her.

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