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 Dictionary entry overview: What does reproof mean? 

REPROOF (noun)
  The noun REPROOF has 1 sense:

1. an act or expression of criticism and censure

  Familiarity information: REPROOF used as a noun is very rare.

REPROOF (verb)
  The verb REPROOF has 1 sense:

1. censure severely or angrily

  Familiarity information: REPROOF used as a verb is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

REPROOF (noun)

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An act or expression of criticism and censure

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


rebuke; reprehension; reprimand; reproof; reproval

Context example:

he had to take the rebuke with a smile on his face

Hypernyms ("reproof" is a kind of...):

criticism; unfavorable judgment (disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "reproof"):

riot act (a vigorous reprimand)

admonishment; admonition; monition (a firm rebuke)

chastening; chastisement; correction (a rebuke for making a mistake)

lecture; speech; talking to (a lengthy rebuke)

reproach (a mild rebuke or criticism)

berating; blowing up (a severe rebuke)

bawling out; castigation; chewing out; dressing down; earful; going-over; upbraiding (a severe scolding)

what for (a strong reprimand)

chiding; objurgation; scolding; tongue-lashing (rebuking a person harshly)

REPROOF (verb)

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Censure severely or angrily

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing


have words; rebuke; reproof; scold; take to task; dress down; chide; chew up; bawl out; berate; call on the carpet; chew out; lambaste; call down; reprimand; lambast; lecture; remonstrate; trounce; jaw; rag

Context examples:

The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car / The deputy ragged the Prime Minister / The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup

Hypernyms (to "reproof" is one way to...):

criticise; criticize; knock; pick apart (find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "reproof"):

castigate; chasten; chastise; correct; objurgate (censure severely)

brush down; tell off (reprimand)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

Sam cannot reproof Sue

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