Rebuke vs. Reprove

Rebuke vs. Reprove — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Rebuke and Reprove

Rebukeverb

To criticize (someone) sharply; reprimand.

Reproveverb

To express disapproval to (someone); criticize

reproved the children for making too much noise.

Rebukeverb

To express sharp criticism regarding (an act, for example)

"a series of sweeping decisions that rebuked the investigators' presumptions" (Donald A. Ritchie).

Reproveverb

To express disapproval about (something)

"Some bigger boys laughed. But Augustine angrily reproved their frivolity" (Richard Hughes).

Rebukeverb

(Obsolete) To check or repress.

Reproveverb

(intransitive) to express disapproval.

Rebukenoun

An expression of strong disapproval.

Reproveverb

(transitive) to criticise, rebuke or reprimand (someone), usually in a gentle and kind tone.

Rebukenoun

A harsh criticism.

Reproveverb

(transitive) to deny or reject (a feeling, behaviour, action etc.).

Rebukeverb

To criticise harshly; to reprove.

Reproveverb

(transitive) To prove again.

Rebukenoun

an act or expression of criticism and censure;

he had to take the rebuke with a smile on his face

Reproveverb

take to task;

He admonished the child for his bad behavior

Rebukeverb

censure severely or angrily;

The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's carThe deputy ragged the Prime MinisterThe customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup