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

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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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The boy was reproved for telling idle stories; he was right, nevertheless, and this was what he saw.
IG Punjab stressed upon officers that circle officers, SHOs and Incharge investigation should be reproved for delay in arresting of accused involved in murder cases.
Japanese firm Takeda was similarly reproved for soliciting a health professional to go on a course in exchange for gaining endorsements for one of its medicines.
"Bare feet!" I cried triumphantly, pointing to her polished nails with the vengeful, smug piety of a diabetic who is constantly reproved for his lack of pedi-care.
I recall that in 1964 I was reproved for the first time for being 'judgmental', as a bad thing to be.
If our society is to remain at its barely civilized level, from time to time we do need to be reproved for the vulgarity of wasteful consumption, not to mention the in-your-face boorishness currently recommended by ideologies of self-assertiveness and self-esteem.
As the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer pointed out over a century ago, "It would be a very, good thing if every trick could receive some short and obviously appropriate name, so that when a man used this or that particular trick, he could at once be reproved for it."
Nineteen-forty was a troubled year in South African history, and Miriam is soon reproved for treacherously singing patriotic British songs in a community where anti-British feeling is strong.
The modern world is reproved for `a curious lack of faith in, or even desire for, undefiled joy'.