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tr.v. re·proved, re·prov·ing, re·proves
1. To express disapproval to (someone); criticize: reproved the children for making too much noise. See Synonyms at admonish.
2. To express disapproval about (something): "Some bigger boys laughed. But Augustine angrily reproved their frivolity" (Richard Hughes).

[Middle English reproven, from Anglo-Norman repruver, variant of Old French reprover, from Late Latin reprobāre, to disapprove; see reprobate.]

re·prov′a·ble adj.
re·prov′al n.
re·prov′er n.
re·prov′ing·ly adv.


(rɪˈpru vəl)

the act of reproving.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.reproval - an act or expression of criticism and censurereproval - an act or expression of criticism and censure; "he had to take the rebuke with a smile on his face"
riot act - a vigorous reprimand; "I read him the riot act"
criticism, unfavorable judgment - disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings; "the senator received severe criticism from his opponent"
chiding, objurgation, scolding, tongue-lashing - rebuking a person harshly
what for - a strong reprimand
berating, blowing up - a severe rebuke; "he deserved the berating that the coach gave him"
reproach - a mild rebuke or criticism; "words of reproach"
talking to, lecture, speech - a lengthy rebuke; "a good lecture was my father's idea of discipline"; "the teacher gave him a talking to"
chastening, chastisement, correction - a rebuke for making a mistake
admonishment, monition, admonition - a firm rebuke


[rɪˈpruːvəl] Nreprobación f


no pl (act) → Tadeln nt, → Rügen nt
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But Maud said, "Tut, tut," in gentle reproval, and then asked why I was a blithering idiot.
It is odd enough that you should dread reproval from the governess of your sisters when you do not dread it from your own mother
But he was far from angry; the parchment face crumpled into tolerant smiles; the venerable head shook a playful reproval, as he threw away the cigarette that I am tired of mentioning, and put the last touch to a fresh one with his tongue.
This hopeful pupil edified by the above terrible reproval, the bachelor turned to another.
Despite increased tensions between the allies over Jerusalem - Pence told reporters they had had a "very frank discussion" - it seems Jordan is not in a position to offer much more than words of reproval, however.
In another tweet, she responded to the reproval and wrote, "I tweeted about an unwarranted & uncomfortable experience I faced years ago - my tweet was not for money or attention, but in hope that others would not be intimidated by these horrific bullies we face today.
Trump has thrived on the reproval of the political establishment and the media.
One, "These fires were lit by the hand of man" (5, italics ours), with its chilling note of reproval, has given its name to both a film and a book.
150) The powers of Congress to discipline its members include not only expulsion but also censure, reprimand, letters of reproval and admonition, and requiring financial restitution.
carrying out acts or works that are public in their repercussions or scope, such as broadcasting a message of official reproval of the human rights violations involved and stating its commitment with efforts to avoid their happening again and which should have, among other effects, that of recognizing the dignity of the victims.