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Definition to express disapproval of one's actions to them

More rarely (though often from Shakespeare), the form reproof describes punishment rather than merely criticism.
  • She's the kind of boss who reproves in private and praises in public.
reproves = criticizes
  • I don't want to spoil her, but I don't have the heart to reprove her.
  • he trusted to his comrade, brother, and partner not to hesitate to set him right, and to reprove his weakness.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Our Mutual Friend
  • "No, no, Medium dear, that's Mars," Mrs Whatsit reproved gently.
    Madeleine L'Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • reproved = criticized
  • She perceived our confusion, and shook her head reprovingly.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • reprovingly = in a critical manner
  • Pickett shook his head reprovingly.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • reprovingly = in a critical manner
  • It would grieve your Majesty more if he had to be reproved for...
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • reproved = told of disapproval of his actions
  • he's full of alteration And self-reproving:
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • reproving = criticism
  • She did betray me to my own reproof.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • reproof = criticism
  • Madam, I have a touch of your condition
    That cannot brook the accent of reproof.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • reproof = criticism
  • Simon started the car before she'd finished, flinging her back against the seat. "Ouch," she said reprovingly.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • reprovingly = in a disapproving manner
  • There's something in me that reproves my fault;
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • reproves = criticizes
  • "You're late, boys!" said Professor Flitwick reprovingly as Harry opened the classroom door.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • reprovingly = disapprovingly
  • The perplexity and dissatisfaction of the house expressed itself in murmurs and provoked a reproof from the bench.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • reproof = criticism
  • Great swearing is a thing abominable,
    And false swearing is more reprovable.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • reprovable = worthy of criticism
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-able" means able to be. This is the same pattern you see in words like breakable, understandable, and comfortable.)
  • Poirot shook his head reprovingly.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • reprovingly = in a critical manner
  • Norwegian Anna, always dignified, looked at her reprovingly.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • reprovingly = in a critical manner
  • He turned on his heel and stormed out of the library, earning himself a reproving glare from Madam Pince,
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • reproving = criticizing
  • the benefit defends the deceit from reproof.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • reproof = criticism
  • 'tis so, I cannot reprove it; and wise, but for loving me:
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
reprove = criticize

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