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
  1. noun
    an act or expression of criticism and censure
    synonyms: 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
    type of:
    criticism, unfavorable judgment
    disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings
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