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[self-ri-prohch] /ˈsɛlf rɪˈproʊtʃ/
blame or censure by one's own conscience.
Origin of self-reproach
First recorded in 1770-80
Related forms
self-reproachful, self-reproaching, adjective
self-reproachingly, adverb
self-reproachingness, noun Unabridged
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  • His strongest feeling just then was one of self-reproach, mingled with humiliation.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • There was no affectation of the fine lady in her self-reproach.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • It would relieve my mind from part of a weight of self-reproach.

  • Tom's cheek grew red with self-reproach as he dismissed the thought.

  • I exult in my freedom from a self-reproach, which would have been altogether insupportable under the kindness of which you speak.'

    The Secret Memoirs of Louis XV./XVI, Complete Madame du Hausset, an "Unknown English Girl" and the Princess Lamballe
  • He needed his present cleverness too much to spend a grain of it on self-reproach.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • He was ill at ease and full of self-reproach, for it seemed to him he had neglected his oath.

    Australia Revenged Boomerang
  • "I came with a friend," said Mark, in a voice where anger and self-reproach were mingled.

    The O'Donoghue Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for self-reproach


the act of finding fault with or blaming oneself
Derived Forms
self-reproachful, adjective
self-reproachfully, adverb
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