reproach

noun
re·​proach | \ ri-ˈprōch How to pronounce reproach (audio) \

Definition of reproach

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an expression of rebuke or disapproval
2 : the act or action of reproaching or disapproving was beyond reproach
3a : a cause or occasion of blame, discredit, or disgrace
4 obsolete : one subjected to censure or scorn

reproach

verb
re·​proach | \ ri-ˈprōch How to pronounce reproach (audio) \
reproached; reproaching; reproaches

Definition of reproach (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to express disappointment in or displeasure with (a person) for conduct that is blameworthy or in need of amendment
2 : to make (something) a matter of reproach
3 : to bring into discredit

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Other Words from reproach

Noun

reproachful \ ri-​ˈprōch-​fəl How to pronounce reproach (audio) \ adjective
reproachfully \ ri-​ˈprōch-​fə-​lē How to pronounce reproach (audio) \ adverb
reproachfulness noun

Verb

reproachable \ ri-​ˈprō-​chə-​bəl How to pronounce reproach (audio) \ adjective
reproacher noun
reproachingly \ ri-​ˈprō-​chiŋ-​lē How to pronounce reproach (audio) \ adverb

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Verb

reprove, rebuke, reprimand, admonish, reproach, chide mean to criticize adversely. reprove implies an often kindly intent to correct a fault. gently reproved my table manners rebuke suggests a sharp or stern reproof. the papal letter rebuked dissenting clerics reprimand implies a severe, formal, often public or official rebuke. reprimanded by the ethics committee admonish suggests earnest or friendly warning and counsel. admonished by my parents to control expenses reproach and chide suggest displeasure or disappointment expressed in mild reproof or scolding. reproached him for tardiness chided by their mother for untidiness

Examples of reproach in a Sentence

Noun 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 Yes, he told them, when he came, it was quite true that they would have to pay interest. And then Teta Elzbieta broke forth into protestations and reproaches, so that the people outside stopped and peered in at the window. — Upton Sinclair, The Jungle, 1906 "He's the finest boy in England," the father said in a tone of reproach to her, "and you don't seem to care for him, Becky, as much as you do for your spaniel.  … " — William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair, 1847 She looked at him with reproach. Accusations and reproaches from both parties made it difficult to pursue discussions. His conduct has brought shame and reproach to his family. Verb 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 For years I fretted over these questions and reproached myself for not having taken that diary when it was offered to me in 1945. — John Hope Franklin, Race and History, 1989 She did not reproach herself with her failure; but she would have been happier if there had been less discrepancy between her words to Sophy Viner and the act which had followed them. — Edith Wharton, The Reef, 1912 our neighbor loudly reproached us for tromping through his yard she cleared her throat as a way of reproaching us for having our elbows on the table
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun His son suffers from severe autism, a condition which struck Markram as a reproach as well as a tragedy. BostonGlobe.com, "Can a computer generate a simulation of the brain?," 22 Apr. 2021 At the same time, her basketball acumen and ability to teach the game are beyond reproach. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "‘I’m ready to get to work’: Loyola Maryland names Minnesota assistant Danielle O’Banion women’s basketball coach," 23 Apr. 2021 No institution is beyond reproach, including the most prestigious this country has to offer. Tristan Yang, National Review, "Columbia University’s Ultra-Woke Idea: Segregated Graduation Ceremonies," 23 Mar. 2021 Chauvin spent his afternoon with his pen poised over a yellow legal pad as potential jurors alternately described police officers as above reproach and beyond salvation. Washington Post, "Looking for a jury of Chauvin’s peers," 10 Mar. 2021 Their reputation for honesty and fairness is beyond reproach. New York Times, "The Dispossession of André Leon Talley," 24 Feb. 2021 Thanks to the supercharger, there's also plenty of grunt away from rest, and the four-speed automatic's shift schedule and the smoothness with which shifts are accomplished seem beyond reproach. Csaba Csere, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1995 Buick Riviera Goes beyond Bold Design," 23 Feb. 2021 Indeed, the matchless American collection of Impressionist pictures in the Art Institute of Chicago would not be immune from the same reproach. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "In Love with the Louvre," 19 Oct. 2020 The Rams’ 23-20 loss to the winless New York Jets on Sunday was an utter humiliation for a franchise and a coach that have been largely beyond serious reproach since 2017. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "Los Angeles Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks free live stream (12/27/20): How to watch, TV options, live updates, odds," 27 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In addition to employing targeted and national sanctions, democratic countries have other ways to reproach states that violate international law. Shelley Inglis, The Conversation, "For Vladimir Putin and other autocrats, ruthlessly repressing the opposition is often a winning way to stay in power," 22 Apr. 2021 In addition to targeted and national sanctions, democratic countries have other ways to reproach states that violate international law. Shelley Inglis, The Conversation, "For autocrats like Vladimir Putin, ruthless repression is often a winning way to stay in power," 7 Apr. 2021 Parents reproach their children for failing to supply a polite answer instead of the real one. Washington Post, "We’re constantly fooling ourselves — and that’s (mostly) okay," 26 Mar. 2021 But while aggression in women remains suspect, the public is drawn, now more than ever, to girls who reproach and rebuke, calling the world to account for its ills — and girls in turn are learning to harness that public gaze to effect larger change. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "How Shouting, Finger-Waving Girls Became Our Conscience," 30 Sep. 2020 His oppressive trainer reproaches him for being too soft, too feminine. David Kortava, The New Yorker, "“And Then We Danced,” A Queer Love Letter to Georgian Culture," 5 June 2020 Facing allegations of bias and the specter of regulatory action, social networks have been reluctant to reproach politicians. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "The tweet that broke the bird’s back," 27 May 2020 Conservatives reproached it for competing with commercial companies. Amie Tsang, New York Times, "How the Beleaguered BBC Became ‘Comfort Food’ in a Pandemic," 10 Apr. 2020 The president reproached one reporter who questioned what the purpose of the national stockpile is if not to supply states with medical equipment when asked. Tim Pearce, Washington Examiner, "'Don't make it sound bad': Trump chides reporter for question over national stockpile," 3 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of reproach

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for reproach

Noun and Verb

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

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The first known use of reproach was in the 14th century

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11 May 2021

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“Reproach.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reproach. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for reproach

reproach

verb

English Language Learners Definition of reproach

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

reproach

verb
re·​proach | \ ri-ˈprōch How to pronounce reproach (audio) \
reproached; reproaching

Kids Definition of reproach

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to find fault with : blame I reproached him for such selfishness.

reproach

noun

Kids Definition of reproach (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something that deserves blame or disgrace
2 : an expression of disapproval

Other Words from reproach

reproachful \ -​fəl \ adjective
reproachfully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb

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