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Princeton's WordNet

  1. admonish, reproveverb

    take to task

    "He admonished the child for his bad behavior"


  1. reproveverb

    to express disapproval.

  2. reproveverb

    to criticise, rebuke or reprimand (someone).

  3. reproveverb

    to prevent, avoid, deny or suppress (a feeling, behaviour, action etc.).

  4. Etymology: From reprover, reprouver, from reprobare.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To REPROVEverb

    Etymology: reprouver, Fr.

    I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices. Psalm l. 8.

    What if they can better be content with one that can wink at their faults, than with him that will reprove them. John Whitgift.

    There is no slander in an allow’d fool, though he do nothing but rail; nor no railing in a known discreet man, though he do nothing but reprove. William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night.

    What if thy son
    Prove disobedient and reprov’d, retort,
    Wherefore didst thou beget me? John Milton.

    If a great personage undertakes an action passionately, let it be acted with all the malice and impotency in the world, he shall have enough to flatter him, but not enough to reprove him. Jeremy Taylor, Rule of Living Holy.

    My lords,
    Reprove my allegation if you can. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    To reprove one of laziness, they will say, dost thou make idle a coat? that is a coat for idleness. Carew.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reproveverb

    to convince

  2. Reproveverb

    to disprove; to refute

  3. Reproveverb

    to chide to the face as blameworthy; to accuse as guilty; to censure

  4. Reproveverb

    to express disapprobation of; as, to reprove faults

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reprove in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reprove in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of reprove in a Sentence

  1. Arabic Proverb:

    If thou shouldst find thy friend in the wrong reprove him secretly, but in the presence of company praise him.

  2. Socrates:

    Think not faithful who praise all thy words and actions; but those who kindly reprove thy faults

  3. Solon:

    Reprove thy friend privately; commend him publicly.

  4. Randolph:

    Reprove not in their wrath incens?d men, Good counsel comes clean out of season then; But when his fury is appeased and past, He will conceive his fault and mend at last: When he is cool and calm, then utter it; No man gives physic in the midst o? th? fit.

  5. Socrates:

    Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions, but those who kindly reprove thy faults.

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