- 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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Antonyms for reproach
Related Words for reproachedscold, chide, admonish, discredit, upbraid, rebuke, reprimand, cavil, trim, criticize, reprehend, rake, defame, blame, abuse, censure, ream, lesson, disparage, reprove
Examples from the Web for reproached
Historical Examples of reproached
Apparently Major Deane reproached the two chiefs for their conduct.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
With the consequences of my neglect I now reproached myself in vain.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
I reproached her about them when I met her again twenty-five years later.
But I reproached myself bitterly for having worried the poor man.
Often have I reproached myself for a coldness I could not overcome.
- 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 for reproach
Word Origin and History for reproached
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.