Etymology: 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
Date: 14th century
1. to scold or correct usually gently or with kindly intent
2. to express disapproval of ; censure <it is not for me to reprove popular taste — D. W. Brogan> 3. obsolete disprove, refute 4. obsolete convince, convict intransitive verb to express rebuke or reproof • reprover noun • reprovingly adverb Synonyms: reprove, rebuke, reprimand, admonish, reproach, chide mean to criticize adversely. reprove implies an often kindly intent to correct a fault <gently reproved my table manners>. rebuke suggests a sharp or stern reproof <the papal letter 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>.
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.