If you say or do something in reproof, you say or do it to show that you disapprove of what someone has done or said. [FORMAL]

She raised her eyebrows in reproof...

They spoke in tones of gentle reproof.

...a reproof that she responded to right away.

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • reproof — noun formal 1 (U) blame or disapproval: She felt the reproof of her father s gaze. 2 (C) a remark that blames or criticizes someone: a sharp reproof …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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