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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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"Look, I'm all bloody all over my knee." "Ssh, you mustn't say that word; it's a bad word," said Nora reprovingly. "Which?" "That one about blood.
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And in bequeathing his dead infant's curl to Annie, he reminds her, somewhat reprovingly, of the first family that the new infant has nullified.
THOU shalt not run a finger over an undusted stretch of mantelpiece whilst clicking thy tongue reprovingly.
But the sergeant, moving crabwise towards his subordinate, brushed the hovering paw away reprovingly. "Not that," he admonished, and added explanatorily: "Food." (11)
The bus conductor marched down the aisle, slammed the window shut and told the suffering woman reprovingly that the xenos must not get wet.
Yet the author herself is explicitly critical of others' errors, showing a tendency to correct t hese reprovingly. My overall impression of her own work, though, is certainly one of scholarly competence, and her general comments on Conti's music are founded on a deep knowledge that enables her to provide comparative perspective from within the oeuvre as well as from the broader context.
If anything, Rainey treats Eliot even more reprovingly than he does Joyce.
Then they fixed their eyes upon me reprovingly, and slowly faded from my sight....
7 '"The Italian," he had, by some strange accident, read, read, but only to laught at it', a pious De Quincey reprovingly records in his 'Gradual Estrangement from Wordsworth' (1840); see Collected Writings, ed.
Then, looking reprovingly at Jessica, he said that even if the surgery worked it would not help her behavior.