1. [syn: admonish, reprove]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Reprove \Re*prove"\ (r?-pr??v"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Reproved
(-pr??vd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Reproving.] [F. r['e]prouver,
OF. reprover, fr. L. reprobare. See Reprieve, Reprobate,
and cf. Reproof.]
1. To convince. [Obs.]
When he is come, he will reprove the world of sin,
and of righteousness, and of judgment. --John xvi.
2. To disprove; to refute. [Obs.]
Reprove my allegation, if you can. --Shak.
3. To chide to the face as blameworthy; to accuse as guilty;
What if thy son
Prove disobedient, and, reproved, retort,
"Wherefore didst thou beget me?" --Milton.
4. To express disapprobation of; as, to reprove faults.
He neither reproved the ordinance of John, neither
plainly condemned the fastings of the other men.
Syn: To reprehend; chide; rebuke; scold; blame censure.
Usage: Reprove, Rebuke, Reprimand. These words all
signufy the expression of disapprobation. To reprove
implies greater calmness and self-possession. To
rebuke implies a more excited and personal feeling. A
reproof may be administered long after the offience is
committed, and is usually intended for the reformation
of the offender; a rebuke is commonly given at the
moment of the wrong, and is administered by way of
punishment and condemnation. A reprimand proceeds from
a person invested with authority, and is a formal and
offiscial act. A child is reproved for his faults, and
rebuked for his impudence. A military officer is
reprimanded for neglect or violation of duty.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: take to task; "He admonished the child for his bad
behavior" [syn: admonish, reprove]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
25 Moby Thesaurus words for "reprove":
admonish, bring to book, call down, call to account, chasten,
chastise, chide, correct, have words with, lecture, lesson,
objurgate, rack, rate, rebuke, reprehend, reprimand, scold,
set down, set straight, spank, straighten out, take down,
take to task, upbraid