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reproach

noun re·proach \ ri-ˈprōch \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of reproach

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

play \ri-ˈprōch-fəl\ adjective

reproachfully

play \ri-ˈprōch-fə-lē\ adverb

reproachfulness

noun

Examples of reproach in a Sentence

  1. A bug in the logic of a design, though discovered and fixed in the lab, stands as a slight reproach to the designer. —Tracy KidderThe Soul of a New Machine1981
  2. 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 SinclairThe Jungle1906
  3. "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 ThackerayVanity Fair1847
  4. She looked at him with reproach.

  5. Accusations and reproaches from both parties made it difficult to pursue discussions.

  6. His conduct has brought shame and reproach to his family.

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Origin and Etymology 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

reproach Synonyms

Synonyms
dishonor, opprobrium, reflection, disgrace, scandal
Antonyms
credit, honor
Related Words
blot, brand, slur, smirch, spot, stain, stigma, taint
Near Antonyms
boast, glory, jewel, pride, treasure

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reproach

verb re·proach \ ri-ˈprōch \

Definition of reproach

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

play \ri-ˈprō-chə-bəl\ adjective

reproacher

noun

reproachingly

play \ri-ˈprō-chiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of reproach in a Sentence

  1. 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 JacobiEnglish JournalMarch 2007
  2. 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 FranklinRace and History1989
  3. 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 WhartonThe Reef1912
  4. our neighbor loudly reproached us for tromping through his yard

  5. she cleared her throat as a way of reproaching us for having our elbows on the table

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Origin and Etymology of reproach

Synonym Discussion of 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


REPROACH Defined for English Language Learners

reproach

verb

Definition of reproach for English Language Learners

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


REPROACH Defined for Kids

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reproach

verb re·proach \ ri-ˈprōch \

Definition of reproach for Students

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

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reproach

noun

Definition of reproach for Students

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

reproachful

\-fəl\ adjective

reproachfully

\-fə-lē\ adverb


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