- to find fault with (a person, group, etc.); blame; censure.
- to upbraid.
- to be a cause of blame or discredit to.
- blame or censure conveyed in disapproval: a term of reproach.
- an expression of upbraiding, censure, or reproof.
- disgrace, discredit, or blame incurred: to bring reproach on one's family.
- a cause or occasion of disgrace or discredit.
- the Reproaches. Also called Improperia. Roman Catholic Church, Anglican Church. a series of antiphons sung in church on Good Friday, consisting of words addressed by Christ to His people, reminding them of His mercies and of their ingratitude.
- an object of scorn or contempt.
Origin of reproach
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Related Wordsdisgrace, scold, chide, admonish, discredit, upbraid, rebuke, reprimand, reprehension, admonition, shame, disrepute, rap, stigma, contempt, obloquy, disapproval, scorn, stain, slight
Examples from the Web for reproach
Architecture also, with few exceptions, has long been our reproach.
But this only subjected me to reproach, as having a prepossession in his favour which I would not own.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
The father looked at Mary with a reproach that was pathetic.Within the Law
Before that grieved organ-tone of reproach, Kitty's eyes filled.The Bacillus of Beauty
Tell me that you submit to my arguments, and do not reproach me for using such.Lady Susan
- to impute blame to (a person) for an action or fault; rebuke
- archaic to bring disgrace or shame upon
- the act of reproaching
- rebuke or censure; reproofwords of reproach
- disgrace or shameto bring reproach upon one's family
- something that causes or merits blame, rebuke, or disgrace
- above reproach or beyond reproach perfect; beyond criticism
Word Origin and History 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.