self-re·​proach | \ ˌself-ri-ˈprōch How to pronounce self-reproach (audio) \
plural self-reproaches

Definition of self-reproach

: harsh criticism or disapproval of oneself especially for wrongdoing feelings of self-reproach When she reached home she went to bed, spent with the tumult of her emotions and sick with shame and self-reproach.— William Dean Howells also : an instance or expression of self-reproach … I was greatly pained and made many self-reproaches for not having written to you for so long a time … — Thomas De Quincey

First Known Use of self-reproach

1753, in the meaning defined above

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“Self-reproach.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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