reproof

A reproof is a negative comment, reprimand, or rebuke. Even the nicest kindergarten teacher in the world will give his students a reproof if they won't stop laughing and running around the classroom.

An athlete's bad behavior on or off the field might result in a reproof by his coach. and a long-distance bus driver will offer at least a mild reproof if a passenger is continuously talking loudly into her cell phone. Kids with strict parents receive more reproofs than those who have fewer rules to follow. Reproof comes from the Late Latin reprobāre, which means "disapprove, reject, or condemn."

Definitions of reproof
  1. noun
    an act or expression of criticism and censure
    synonyms: rebuke, reprehension, reprimand, reproval
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    riot act
    a vigorous reprimand
    chiding, objurgation, scolding, tongue-lashing
    rebuking a person harshly
    what for
    a strong reprimand
    bawling out, castigation, chewing out, dressing down, earful, going-over, upbraiding
    a severe scolding
    berating, blowing up
    a severe rebuke
    reproach
    a mild rebuke or criticism
    lecture, speech, talking to
    a lengthy rebuke
    chastening, chastisement, correction
    a rebuke for making a mistake
    admonishment, admonition, monition
    a firm rebuke
    preaching, sermon
    a moralistic rebuke
    wig, wigging
    British slang for a scolding
    self-reproach, self-reproof
    the act of blaming yourself
    blame, rap
    a reproach for some lapse or misdeed
    curtain lecture
    a private lecture to a husband by his wife
    type of:
    criticism, unfavorable judgment
    disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings
  2. verb
    censure severely or angrily
    synonyms: bawl out, berate, call down, call on the carpet, chew out, chew up, chide, dress down, have words, jaw, lambast, lambaste, lecture, rag, rebuke, remonstrate, reprimand, scold, take to task, trounce, vituperate
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    castigate, chasten, chastise, correct, objurgate
    censure severely
    brush down, tell off
    reprimand
    flame
    criticize harshly, usually via an electronic medium
    type of:
    criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart
    find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws
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