verb (used with object)
- repro proof,
Origin of reproach
Examples from the Web for reproach
A man of any rank may, without any reproach, abstain totally from tasting such liquors.
As he moves towards a conclusion, he sounds an extended note of reproach.
He had been twice married; his second union, with his niece Martina, was frequently made a matter of reproach to him.
It depended on him whether the reproach which lay on his religion should be taken away or should be made permanent.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
I would put in no Wilmot proviso for the mere purpose of a taunt or a reproach.
St. Just is not the man to reproach me for hastening the death of a counter-revolutionist.The Sword of Honor, volumes 1 & 2|Eugne Sue
Against this certainty of the Me, therefore, there arose first of all a suspicion, and lastly the reproach of atheism.The philosophy of life, and philosophy of language, in a course of lectures|Frederick von Schlegel
Word Origin for reproach
mid-14c., "a rebuke, blame, censure;" also "object of scorn or contempt;" c.1400, as "disgrace, state of disgrace," from Old French reproche "blame, shame, disgrace" (12c.), from reprochier "to blame, bring up against," said by some French etymologists to be from Vulgar Latin *repropiare, from Latin re- "opposite of" + prope "near" (see propinquity), with suggestions of "bring near to" as in modern "get in (someone's) face." But others would have it from *reprobicare, from Latin reprobus/reprobare (see reprobate (adj.)).
mid-14c., reprochen "to rebuke, reproach," from Anglo-French repruchier, Old French reprochier "upbraid, blame, accuse, speak ill of," from reproche (see reproach (n.)). Related: Reproached; reproaching.