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reproach

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1 a cause of shame
  • Your public display of bad behavior is a reproach to this entire school.
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2 an often public or formal expression of disapproval
  • A letter of reproach was added to her dossier.
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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

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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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lay into, read the riot act (to), take to task

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2 to criticize (someone) 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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burn one's ears, get after, get on

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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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bring to account, call to account

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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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