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reproach

Syllabification: re·proach
Pronunciation: /rəˈprōCH
 
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Definition of reproach in English:

verb

[with object]
1Address (someone) in such a way as to express disapproval or disappointment: critics of the administration reproached the president for his failure to tackle the deficiency [with direct speech]: “You know that isn’t true,” he reproached her
More example sentences
  • Picasso's critics reproached him for an inability‘to forge a personal style’.
  • But Nanny will never tell you this and will go on reproaching you for your naughty habit of smoking in corners, even if it is the only way, with such a demanding life-style, to obtain a moment's quiet relief.
  • Idomeneus turns his sword against himself, without heeding the advice of a priest who reproaches him for his cruelty and invites him to make a substitute sacrifice of ‘a hundred bulls whiter than snow.’
1.1 (reproach someone with) Accuse someone of: his wife reproached him with cowardice
More example sentences
  • Whenever someone reproaches me with not having used an ordinary court for their sentencing, I can only say: In this hour I am responsible for the fate of the German nation and hence the supreme law lord of the German people.
  • Emilia, still reproaching Othello with Desdemona's innocence, dies.
  • When Holly reproaches Harry with the damage he has caused to his ‘victims,’ Harry makes the first of his famous speeches.
1.2 archaic Censure or rebuke (an offense).

noun

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1The expression of disapproval or disappointment: he gave her a look of reproach a farrago of warnings and pained reproaches
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  • Look at the Closet scene: Hamlet has just killed a man, Polonius, yet he heaps reproaches upon his mother's head for daring to re-marry.
  • One of the main reproaches was the Australians' failure to hold the so-called Gap in the Owen Stanleys.
  • They cite the demands, reproaches and scaremongering of an obsessed media.
1.1 (a reproach to) A thing that makes the failings of someone or something else more apparent: his elegance is a living reproach to our slovenly habits
More example sentences
  • For Billy the boy is a nagging reminder of his own delinquent youth: for Shirley-Diane he is a strange mix of sex object and living reproach.
Synonyms
disgrace, discredit, source of shame, blemish, stain, blot
literary smirch
1.2 (Reproaches) (In the Roman Catholic Church) a set of antiphons and responses for Good Friday representing the reproaches of Jesus Christ to his people.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French reprochier (verb), from a base meaning 'bring back close', based on Latin prope 'near'.

Phrases

above (or beyond) reproach

1
Such that no criticism can be made; perfect.
Example sentences
  • Feeling, intonation, and expressiveness were all on par with the quality of the work itself, which is to say, completely beyond reproach.
  • The sports players become the heroes and the country creates a pedestal where the athlete is beyond reproach and untouchable and this leads to all matter of problems.
  • ‘The quality of property in this region is beyond reproach - possibly the best available in Spain - but then that is what purchasers here expect as they are paying top dollar for the product,’ said Condon.
Synonyms
informal squeaky clean

Derivatives

reproachable

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • We cannot believe the government is moving to legalize the dog-eating practice of some Koreans, which is not only harmful to national interests but also disgraceful and reproachable.
  • You have to be smarter, more tenacious, less reproachable.
  • The US proposal is that the UN bans all cloning which it describes as ‘unethical, morally reproachable and contrary to due respect for the human person’.

reproacher

2
noun

reproachingly

3
adverb
Example sentences
  • He eyed Matt reproachingly, looking at slightly quivering lips and an all-in-all inhabited look.
  • I looked at them reproachingly and he sort of slowly took them off and put them up in the air a little in a gesture of surrender.

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