When you criticize or reprimand someone, you express reproval. Your parents' reproval will be understandable if you borrow their car without asking and then drive it into a tree.

A judge may convey her reproval to a defendant who's found guilty with an especially harsh sentence. Your reproval of your dog for chewing your new shoes could take the form of an angry expression on your face, and a stern, "No!" The noun reproval comes from the verb reprove, "reprimand," from the Late Latin root reprobare, "disapprove, reject, or condemn."

Definitions of reproval

n an act or expression of criticism and censure

rebuke, reprehension, reprimand, reproof
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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
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
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criticism, unfavorable judgment
disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings

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