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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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Reprove a friend; perhaps he did not do it; but if he did anything, so that he may do it no more.
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The playwright, like the satirist who denounc es corruption even as he wallows in it, reproves the behavior he is also offering in response to public demand, as Dillon argues in her fourth chapter, appropriately entitled "The Place of Dirt."
As he does so, a butterfly flies past and his conscience reproves: 'when you see the magnificent result of that which seems so base to you now, how you will scorn your blind presumption'.
A somewhat critical report, it reproves the Council for having so little recourse to the political instruments provided by the Maastricht Treaty - common action and positions - and for continuing to prefer declarations which are of no real interest since a majority are sadly mere rhetoric, translating approbatory or disapprobatory opinions.
At first her father's wealth earns Sara a degree of indulgence from Miss Minchin, though the headmistress severely reproves Sara's attempts to communicate with Becky, the young, black scullery maid (Vanessa Lee Chester).
With an admirable eye for detail, Knowles reproves one writer for his |unmerous misquotations' (74).
Jesus reproves them for their little faith, and then rebukes the winds and the sea.