reproach

1 of 2

noun

re·​proach ri-ˈprōch How to pronounce reproach (audio)
1
: an expression of rebuke or disapproval
2
: the act or action of reproaching or disapproving
was beyond reproach
3
a
: a cause or occasion of blame, discredit, or disgrace
4
obsolete : one subjected to censure or scorn
reproachful adjective
reproachfully adverb
reproachfulness noun

reproach

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verb

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

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
reproachable adjective
reproacher noun
reproachingly adverb
Choose the Right Synonym for reproach

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Some stayed silent out of fear of their base or of Trump’s reproach. Krista Kafer, The Denver Post, 12 June 2024 Chevron’s major buyback package drew reproach from the Biden administration. Samantha Delouya, CNN, 11 June 2024
Verb
Putin said that Trump, who had often praised the Russian leader, reproached him during his final year in office for wanting Biden to win the 2020 election. Yuliya Talmazan, NBC News, 13 Mar. 2024 Similarly, leaders are more reluctant to reproach a violator when strategic interests are at stake. Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for reproach 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Reproach.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reproach. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

reproach

1 of 2 noun
re·​proach ri-ˈprōch How to pronounce reproach (audio)
1
a
: something that deserves blame or disgrace
their dirty yard is a reproach to the whole street
b
: loss of reputation : disgrace
2
: the act or action of disapproving
was beyond reproach
3
: an expression of disapproval
reproachful adjective
reproachfully adverb
reproachfulness noun

reproach

2 of 2 verb
: to find fault with : blame
reproached him for his cowardice
reproachable adjective
reproacher noun
reproachingly adverb

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