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Reproof, 1) confutation, refutation: “in the r. of this lies the jest,” H4A I, 2, 213. “in r. of many tales devised,” III, 2, 23. “in the r. of chance lies the true proof of men,” Troil. I, 3, 33. “would pluck r. and rebuke from every ear,” Cor. II, 2, 37.
2) contradiction: “r. and reason beat it dead,” Lucr. 489. “your r. is something too round,” H5 IV, 1, 216. “r., obedient and in order, fits kings,” Per. I, 2, 42.
3) check, reprimand: “the R. Valiant,” As V, 4, 82. As V, 4, 82 “that man is not alive might so have tempted him without the taste of danger and r.” H4A III, 1, 175. Even == punishment: “whom you yourselves shall set out for r.” Tim. V, 4, 57.
4) reproach, blame: Wiv. II, 1, 59. II, 2, 195. Meas. III, 1, 269. Err. V, 90. Tw. III, 4, 225. R3 III, 7, 142. IV, 4, 158. Ant. II, 2, 123 (your r. were well deserved of rashness, i. e. you would deserve the reproach of rashness. O. Edd. proof). Per. II, 4, 19.
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