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

  Reproof \Re*proof"\ (r?-pr??f"), n. [OE. reproef. See Proof,
     Reprove.]
     1. Refutation; confutation; contradiction. [Obs.]
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     2. An expression of blame or censure; especially, blame
        expressed to the face; censure for a fault; chiding;
        reproach.
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              Those best can bear reproof who merit praise.
                                                    --Pope.
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     Syn: Admonition; reprehension; chiding; reprimand; rebuke;
          censure; blame. See Admonition.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  reproof
      n 1: an act or expression of criticism and censure; "he had to
           take the rebuke with a smile on his face" [syn: rebuke,
           reproof, reproval, reprehension, reprimand]
      v 1: censure severely or angrily; "The mother scolded the child
           for entering a stranger's car"; "The deputy ragged the
           Prime Minister"; "The customer dressed down the waiter for
           bringing cold soup" [syn: call on the carpet, take to
           task, rebuke, rag, trounce, reproof, lecture,
           reprimand, jaw, dress down, call down, scold,
           chide, berate, bawl out, remonstrate, chew out,
           chew up, have words, lambaste, lambast]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  22 Moby Thesaurus words for "reproof":
     admonishment, admonition, castigation, chastisement, chiding,
     correction, lecture, lesson, objurgation, rap, rating, rebuke,
     reprehension, reprimand, reproach, reprobation, reproval, scolding,
     sermon, spanking, upbraiding, wig
  
  

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