self-re·​proof | \ ˌself-ri-ˈprüf How to pronounce self-reproof (audio) \
plural self-reproofs

Definition of self-reproof

: harsh criticism or disapproval of oneself : self-reproach felt self-reproof for her mistakes That's also what made her real, and relatable, and what Falco brought so fully to the role—that gnawing sense of self-doubt, and self-reproof, which spilled over into acts of self-destruction.— Verne Gay also : an instance or expression of self-reproof Alice discreetly shrouded his [Claude Monet's] 14 Cézannes to spare him agonised self-reproofs before the master whom he most admired. — Ross King

First Known Use of self-reproof

circa 1631, in the meaning defined above

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“Self-reproof.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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