Definition of

Reproof

  1. (noun, communication) an act or expression of criticism and censure
  2. (verb, communication) censure severely or angrily
    The deputy ragged the Prime Minister
    The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup

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Origin of the word Reproof

  1. c.1300, "shame, disgrace," from O.Fr. reprove, from reprover "to blame" (see reprove). Meaning "censure, rebuke" is recorded from c.1350. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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