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reproach

noun

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1 a cause of shame
  • your public display of boorish behavior is a reproach to this entire school

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3 the state of having lost the esteem of others
  • nothing the traitor did in later life lessened the reproach in which he was universally held

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reproach

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of reproach (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to criticize (someone) severely or angrily especially for personal failings
  • our neighbor loudly reproached us for tromping through his yard

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2 to criticize (someone) usually gently so as to correct a fault
  • she cleared her throat as a way of reproaching us for having our elbows on the table

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3 to express public or formal disapproval of
  • the governor reproached the legislature for failing to pass the budget on time and once again throwing the state into fiscal chaos

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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

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

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“Reproach.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/reproach. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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