to find fault with (a person, group, etc.); blame; censure.
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.
Idioms about reproach
beyond / above reproach, not subject to blame or discredit; faultless: She has always been honest and beyond reproach in her business dealings.
The phrase above reproach “not able to be blamed, faultless” first appeared in 1674; its variant beyond reproach is first recorded in 1702.
- re·proach·a·ble, adjective
- re·proach·a·ble·ness, noun
- re·proach·a·bly, adverb
- re·proach·er, noun
- re·proach·ing·ly, adverb
- un·re·proach·a·ble, adjective
- un·re·proach·a·ble·ness, noun
- un·re·proach·a·bly, adverb
- un·re·proached, adjective
- un·re·proach·ing, adjective
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How to use reproach in a sentence
They believe that the First Amendment allows them to say anything, anytime, anywhere, to anyone, without consequence or reproach by government or even by other citizens who disagree or take offense at their speech.Plot To Kidnap Michigan’s Governor Grew From The Militia Movement’s Toxic Mix Of Constitutional Falsehoods And Half-Truths | LGBTQ-Editor | October 13, 2020 | No Straight News
His linen was reproachable, his dingy boots were down at heel, and his cocked hat was drab with dust.The Big Bow Mystery | I. Zangwill
British Dictionary definitions for reproach
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; reproof: words of reproach
disgrace or shame: to bring reproach upon one's family
something that causes or merits blame, rebuke, or disgrace
above reproach or beyond reproach perfect; beyond criticism
- reproachable, adjective
- reproachableness, noun
- reproachably, adverb
- reproacher, noun
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