• Reproach. Old Roman
    Reproach. Old Roman
  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Reproachable deserving reproach: opprobrious
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  • Oscar Wilde
    “There is luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel no one else has a right to blame us.”
  • Joseph Addison
    “A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart, and his next to escape the censures of the world.”
  • Aristotle
    “Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Every other author may aspire to praise; the lexicographer can only hope to escape reproach, and even this negative recompense has been yet granted to very few.”
  • Anatole France
    “We reproach people for talking about themselves; but it is the subject they treat best.”
  • Demosthenes
    “To remind a man of the good turns you have done him is very much like a reproach.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. reprocherre-, back, proche, near—L. propius, comp. of prope, near.


In literature:

Neither was he ever heard to reproach a partner, or become bitter against an adversary.
"Sword and Gown" by George A. Lawrence
This +-ismos+ is a termination from this class of verbs, and is employed in reproach and not in praise.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
I shall be reproached for audacity, until I am reproached for timidity.
"The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)" by Anatole France
Your asking me is the bitterest reproach to me for having ventured to join your festive board.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
What happened was my fault alone, and you have nothing to reproach yourself with.
"The Eternal City" by Hall Caine
I do not reproach you; never will I reproach you; but remember the situation in which you have placed me.
"Henrietta Temple A Love Story" by Benjamin Disraeli
He reproached himself because he had done so little.
"Mary Gray" by Katharine Tynan
Your languid blossoms reproach me.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
Lebe the Innkeeper he was called, and no reproach was coupled with the name.
"The Promised Land" by Mary Antin
Edwin rose to leave, though unwillingly; but Big James asked him in polite reproach whether he should not stay for the first song.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett

In poetry:

"Knight of a better era,
Without reproach or fear!
Said I not well that Bayards
And Sidneys still are here?
"The Hero" by John Greenleaf Whittier
I'll not reproach
The way that goes, my feet that stir.
Access, approach,
Art Thou, time, way, and wayfarer.
""I Am The Way"" by Alice Meynell
Her old gaze shining tender,
That loving look, I see
Reproach me with soft splendour
That I should lonely be.
"Lines - I" by Manmohan Ghose
Who without reproaches showed us what our vanity
has chosen,
Who pursued understanding with patience like a sex,
had unlearnt
Our hatred and towards the really better
World had turned their face?
"As We Like It" by W H Auden
As late I went a-walking, a-walking by the tide,
I thought my love was with me and walking by my side;
So kind she did reproach me, so sweet her eyes did shine,
Yet could not hold beside her this restless heart of mine.
"Mother Carey" by Cicely Fox Smith
A true knight! Knowing neither worldly fear,
Nor yet reproach of her unworldly faith;
Fine eyes shall see, yet see not, on this page,
A man, who from a woman's heart of hearts
Could earn, and keep, the sacred name of Friend.
"An Etching" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward

In news:

Is Dinu Lipatti beyond reproach.
I'll try to take life cheerily, and do nothing that shall make your dear face a reproach, when it looks into my own again.
The only artist who comes off without reproach is the dead one whose name has been nailed to the title, for this is, officially, Irving Berlin 's White Christmas.
I n Vladimir Putin's Russia, there is no more persistent reproach to his autocratic rule than the country's oldest independent radio station, Ekho Moskvy.
Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire: come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach.
In his book he reproaches those who in his view have politicized the study of human nature from both the left and the right, though in practice more of his fire is directed against the left, particularly the critics of sociobiology.
Weei » Columnists » Christopher Price » Beyond reproach : Which NFL coaches have the most (and least) benefit of the doubt.
Husband's gropes require direct reproach .
A life beyond reproach .
Lung Cancer Patients Begin to Get Support, Not Reproach .
Facing Bankruptcy, a Record Pioneer Draws Gratitude and Reproach .
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has reproached Norway for commemorating its Nobel Prize winning novelist Knut Hamsun who sympathised with the Nazis, a newspaper reported on Monday.
Which included Michael Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop -- drifted away, the overall impact of Butterfield 's music lessened, even if his amplified harp playing was still beyond reproach.
Liberal caucus staff 'reproached' for website attacking Dix.
To say that the Skyline High School football squad is above reproach isn't quite accurate.

In science:

This has the advantage of yielding simple abelian identities and of bringing into relief the principal obstacles which the gauge technique must circumvent before it can be considered a fully-fledged method, with results that are above reproach.
A critique of the gauge technique