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Noun: reproof  ri'proof
  1. An act or expression of criticism and censure
    "he had to take the reproof with a smile on his face";
    - rebuke, reproval, reprehension, reprimand
Verb: reproof  ri'proof
  1. Censure severely or angrily
    "The deputy reproofed the Prime Minister";
    - call on the carpet [US], take to task, rebuke, rag, trounce, lecture, reprimand, jaw, dress down, call down, scold, chide, berate, bawl out, remonstrate, chew out [N. Amer], chew up [N. Amer], have words, lambaste, lambast, ream [N. Amer]

Derived forms: reproofed, reproofing, reproofs

Type of: criticise [Brit], criticism, criticize, damn, knock, pick apart, unfavorable judgment [US], unfavourable judgment [Brit, Cdn]

Encyclopedia: Reproof