All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Tim 3:16-17



re·prove verb \ri-ˈprüv\


Definition of REPROVE

transitive verb

1: to scold or correct usually gently or with kindly intent

2: to express disapproval of : censure reprove popular taste — D. W. Brogan>

3obsolete : disprove, refute

4obsolete : convince, convict

intransitive verb

: to express rebuke or reproof

re·prov·er noun

re·prov·ing·ly adverb

Examples of REPROVE

  1. The teacher reproved the student for being late.
  2. reproves me for slouching while playing, observing that good posture helps one play better>

Origin of REPROVE

Middle English repreven, reproven, from Anglo-French reprover, from Late Latin reprobare to disapprove, condemn, from Latin re- + probare to test, approve — more at prove

First Known Use: 14th century

Related to REPROVE

Synonyms: admonish, chide, reprimand, reproach, rebuke, tick off

Antonyms: cite, commend, endorse (also indorse)

Synonym Discussion of REPROVE

reprove, rebuke, reprimand, admonish, reproach, chide mean to criticize adversely. reprove implies an often kindly intent to correct a fault reproved my table manners>. rebuke suggests a sharp or stern reproof

rebuked dissenting clerics>. reprimand implies a severe, formal, often public or official rebuke <reprimanded by the ethics committee>. admonish suggests earnest or friendly warning and counsel <admonished by my parents to control expenses>. reproach and chide suggest displeasure or disappointment expressed in mild reproof or scolding <reproached him for tardiness> <chided by their mother for untidiness>.


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