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reprove (someone or something) for (doing) (something)

To scold, criticize, or express disappointment in or disapproval of someone, oneself, or some group or organization for some action, error, or wrongdoing. It filled me with guilt the way my mother reproved me for failing my exam. The federal court reproved the banks for their part in plunging the economy into recession, but stopped short of actually imposing any punishment or penalty. He reproved himself for saying such foolish things on his date.
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reprove someone for something

to criticize or censure someone for something. The boss reproved all the employees for their use of the telephones for personal calls. We were all reproved for being late too often.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The rabbinic sages advised reproof as a means for the one who reproves to avoid holding a grudge and as a way to help the offender correct his behavior:
It does refer to the bloodshed caused by the tsar but alters the text from Filipp's assertion of his right to reprove the tsar as head of the Church to an assertion that he may do so as "father and teacher" of the tsar (Lobakova, 218).
Let us live a life that is pleasing unto God and learn to seek justice, reprove oppression, defend the fatherless, plead for the widow and do good.
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Advocating the need for symbolic gestures by Israel to subtly reprove the German nation, Sheleg said, "I am not saying that Israel should refuse to recognize Berlin as the reunited capital, but Barak didn't have to be the first leader to do so with a state visit - he could just as well have been the seventh or eighth to do so."
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"But in football from our side of the fence, myself included, you have to reprove yourself.
In Leviticus, we are told not to bear grudges or take revenge but to reprove our fellow and tell them off.
'If your brother does something wrong, reprove him and if he is sorry, forgive him.' (Luke 17:v4) There is no excuse for hate.
She also would be often telling of me, what a godly man her father was, and how he would reprove and correct vice, both in his house, and amongst his neighbours; what a strict and holy lift he lived in his day, both in word and deed.'
While he pays homage to the different ways in which both Paine and Wollstonecraft are alert to the power and strategic fictions involved in Burke's aesthetic ideology, he repeatedly draws attention to what he calls `the curious way that Burke's most powerful ideological statements seem to propagate mirror images of the positions they are meant to exclude and reprove'.
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Santos-Recto said she was in fact supposed to be the next speaker after Sereno when De Castro, who had testified in the House impeachment hearings against the Chief Justice, abruptly approached the podium to reprove the latter's remarks.