reproach

noun
re·proach | \ ri-ˈprōch \

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

b : discredit, disgrace

4 obsolete : one subjected to censure or scorn

reproach

verb
re·proach | \ ri-ˈprōch \
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 \ adjective
reproachfully \ri-ˈprōch-fə-lē \ adverb
reproachfulness noun

Verb

reproachable \ri-ˈprō-chə-bəl \ adjective
reproacher noun
reproachingly \ri-ˈprō-chiŋ-lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for reproach

Synonyms: Noun

discredit, disesteem, disgrace, dishonor, disrepute, ignominy, infamy, obloquy, odium, opprobrium, shame

Synonyms: Verb

censure, condemn, denounce, rebuke, reprimand, reprove

Antonyms: Noun

esteem, honor, respect

Antonyms: Verb

cite, commend, endorse (also indorse)

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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

Despite his association with notorious political boss George B. Cox, Herrmann was considered honest and above reproach. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Our history: Major League Baseball birthed in Cincinnati," 27 June 2018 This doesn’t mean that XXXTentacion and his fans were beyond reproach or that the widespread reluctance by the press to embrace his music was unwarranted. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "On Mourning, Learning a More Sober Fandom, and Letting Go," 28 June 2018 Councilor Lydia Edwards said the city must ensure that the independent inquiry is perceived as beyond reproach. Meghan E. Irons, BostonGlobe.com, "Questions raised about City Hall ties of outside counsel investigating Fire Department," 18 June 2018 When not to be receives reproach of being, / And the just pleasure lost, which is so deemed / Not by our feeling, but by others' seeing. Nicole Silverberg, GQ, "Op-Ed: An Intellectual's Defense of Roseanne," 30 May 2018 The provenance of these objects is beyond reproach. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "An Awkward Trek Through Time at the Penn Museum," 14 May 2018 The controversy was a departure from how previous administrations handled military casualties, and provided another illustration of how Trump has been willing to feud publicly, even with individuals typically seen as beyond reproach. Dan Lamothe And Missy Ryan, BostonGlobe.com, "Military investigation of Niger debacle finds numerous failures in planning," 10 May 2018 James' numbers these playoffs put him beyond reproach in almost any discussion. Joe Vardon, cleveland.com, "LeBron James is using the word 'championship' again about the Cavaliers," 7 May 2018 During the early days of the rights and suffrage movements, leaders like Jane Cunningham Croly and Ida B. Wells were socialites who were above reproach. Elizabeth Wellington, Philly.com, "Messy women may actually liberate us all | Elizabeth Wellington," 24 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

According to Marca, Ramos immediately reacted to Ronaldo’s actions by reproaching the Portuguese for his actions, having deemed his comments to be inappropriate during such a time for the club. SI.com, "Sergio Ramos Makes Feelings Clear to Cristiano Ronaldo After Star's Shock Comments on Madrid Future," 30 May 2018 And the incident also displays his reluctance to reproach his fans, however nasty their behavior. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Responds to Roseanne Saga by Whining About His Own Treatment by ABC," 30 May 2018 Rather than blaming gun owners for mass shootings, Mr. Cox said, Americans should reproach the institutions of government and law enforcement that fail to stop such killings. Alexander Burns, New York Times, "Renewing Bond With the N.R.A., Trump Appeals for Help in the Midterms," 4 May 2018 Longtime hyper-involved volunteer Suzanne (Lisa Anne Porter, bouncing up and down with the enthusiasm of Richard Simmons) is equally vehement in bulldozing her views over everyone else’s and then reproaching herself for doing so. Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle, "Aurora’s ‘Eureka Day’ goes from ‘so Berkeley’ to universal," 22 Apr. 2018 His daughter Luiza, now in her late 30s and living in Spain, reproached him for being absent from her life for the last 20 years. Kit Gillet, New York Times, "Being Dead, He Learned, Is Hard to Overcome," 30 Mar. 2018 Gibson, 75, would reproach Shapiro, 74, for being more shocked and offended by what happened to Gibson than Gibson was. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, "Two old friends share stories of erasing racial lines in Baltimore," 12 Mar. 2018 You can’t be reproached for your inaction, but you’re right to wonder whether more could have been done. Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times, "Can I Use My Dad’s Connections to Get an Internship?," 21 Feb. 2018 Nigerians from the North reproach the British with withholding the schools which their grandfathers had stipulated should not be introduced. Helen Andrews, National Review, "Where Zimbabwe Went Wrong," 18 Dec. 2017

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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

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

Verb

see reproach entry 1

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Phrases Related to reproach

above/beyond reproach

reproach oneself

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reproach

verb

English Language Learners Definition of reproach

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

reproach

verb
re·proach | \ ri-ˈprōch \
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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