The verb reprove means to speak angrily or sincerely to someone because they behaved in a wrong or foolish way.

Synonyms are lecture, rebuke, scold, or reproach.

The word origins from Old French (12th century) reprover meaning “accuse, blame” and Late Latin reprobare meaning “disapprove, reject, condemn”. It come from Latin re– meaning “opposite of, reversal of previous condition” plus probare meaning “prove to be worthy”.

His mother reproved him because he was not studying well.

Aya’s superior reproved her for her unacceptable tardiness.

Be prepared to be reproved for your misbehavior.