noun re·proach \ri-ˈprōch\

Definition of REPROACH

:  an expression of rebuke or disapproval
:  the act or action of reproaching or disapproving <was beyond reproach>
a :  a cause or occasion of blame, discredit, or disgrace
b :  discredit, disgrace
obsolete :  one subjected to censure or scorn
re·proach·ful \-fəl\ adjective
re·proach·ful·ly \-fə-lē\ adverb
re·proach·ful·ness noun

Examples of REPROACH

  1. She looked at him with reproach.
  2. Accusations and reproaches from both parties made it difficult to pursue discussions.
  3. His conduct has brought shame and reproach to his family.
  4. A bug in the logic of a design, though discovered and fixed in the lab, stands as a slight reproach to the designer. —Tracy Kidder, The Soul of a New Machine, 1981

Origin of REPROACH

Middle English reproche, from Anglo-French, from reprocher to reproach, from Vulgar Latin *repropiare to bring close, show, from Latin re- + prope near — more at approach
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to REPROACH


verb re·proach \ri-ˈprōch\

: to speak in an angry and critical way to (someone) : to express disapproval or disappointment to (someone)

Full Definition of REPROACH

transitive verb
:  to express disappointment in or displeasure with (a person) for conduct that is blameworthy or in need of amendment
:  to make (something) a matter of reproach (see 1reproach)
:  to bring into discredit
re·proach·able \-ˈprō-chə-bəl\ adjective
re·proach·er noun
re·proach·ing·ly \-ˈprō-chiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of REPROACH

  1. <our neighbor loudly reproached us for tromping through his yard>
  2. <she cleared her throat as a way of reproaching us for having our elbows on the table>
  3. Parents and teachers gaped at the young writers, uncertain whether to reproach or praise these young adults for their language in writing about decidedly adult issues. —Tobi Jacobi, English Journal, March 2007

Origin of REPROACH

(see 1reproach)
First Known Use: 14th century


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