beyond reproach


Blameless, faultless, as in Jean's conduct at school is beyond reproach. The phrase employs the verb to reproach in the sense of “censure or rebuke,” a usage dating from the early 1500s.

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How to use beyond reproach in a sentence

  • She spoke with bitterness of the misdoings and shame of others, as if she were herself beyond reproach.

    Germinie Lacerteux | Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
  • She got into the hands of the police and was sent to prison, where her behaviour was beyond reproach.

  • Cesare Orsi's character and disposition were alike beyond reproach—transparent and heroically optimistic.

    The Happy End | Joseph Hergesheimer
  • You must see, however, how entirely beyond reproach his general character appears to have been.

    The Deserter | Charles King
  • Her style is beyond reproach and she has nothing whatever to learn in the mysteries of a woman's heart.