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 for Reprove
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Reprove \Re*prove"\ (r?-pr??v"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Reproved
     (-pr??vd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Reproving.] [F. r['e]prouver,
     OF. reprover, fr. L. reprobare. See Reprieve, Reprobate,
     and cf. Reproof.]
     1. To convince. [Obs.]
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              When he is come, he will reprove the world of sin,
              and of righteousness, and of judgment. --John xvi.
                                                    9.
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     2. To disprove; to refute. [Obs.]
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              Reprove my allegation, if you can.    --Shak.
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     3. To chide to the face as blameworthy; to accuse as guilty;
        to censure.
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              What if thy son
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              Prove disobedient, and, reproved, retort,
              "Wherefore didst thou beget me?"      --Milton.
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     4. To express disapprobation of; as, to reprove faults.
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              He neither reproved the ordinance of John, neither
              plainly condemned the fastings of the other men.
                                                    --Udall.
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     Syn: To reprehend; chide; rebuke; scold; blame censure.
  
     Usage: Reprove, Rebuke, Reprimand. These words all
            signufy the expression of disapprobation. To reprove
            implies greater calmness and self-possession. To
            rebuke implies a more excited and personal feeling. A
            reproof may be administered long after the offience is
            committed, and is usually intended for the reformation
            of the offender; a rebuke is commonly given at the
            moment of the wrong, and is administered by way of
            punishment and condemnation. A reprimand proceeds from
            a person invested with authority, and is a formal and
            offiscial act. A child is reproved for his faults, and
            rebuked for his impudence. A military officer is
            reprimanded for neglect or violation of duty.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  reprove
      v 1: take to task; "He admonished the child for his bad
           behavior" [syn: admonish, reprove]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  25 Moby Thesaurus words for "reprove":
     admonish, bring to book, call down, call to account, chasten,
     chastise, chide, correct, have words with, lecture, lesson,
     objurgate, rack, rate, rebuke, reprehend, reprimand, scold,
     set down, set straight, spank, straighten out, take down,
     take to task, upbraid
  
  

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