reproachful

Definitions

  • Reproach. Old Roman
    Reproach. Old Roman
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj reproachful expressing reproof or reproach especially as a corrective
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Reproachful Expressing or containing reproach; upbraiding; opprobrious; abusive. "The reproachful speeches . . . That he hath breathed in my dishonor here."
    • Reproachful Occasioning or deserving reproach; shameful; base; as, a reproachful life.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • reproachful Containing or expressing reproach or censure; upbraiding.
    • reproachful Scurrilous; opprobrious.
    • reproachful Worthy or deserving of, or receiving, reproach; shameful: as, reproachful conduct.
    • reproachful Synonyms Rebuking, censuring, upbraiding, censorious, contemptuous, contumelious, abusive.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Reproachful full of reproach or blame: abusive: scurrilous: bringing reproach: shameful: disgraceful
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Quotations

  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar%20Wilde
    “There is luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel no one else has a right to blame us.”
  • Joseph Addison
    Joseph%20Addison
    “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
    Aristotle
    “Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel%20Johnson
    “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
    Anatole%20France
    “We reproach people for talking about themselves; but it is the subject they treat best.”
  • Demosthenes
    Demosthenes
    “To remind a man of the good turns you have done him is very much like a reproach.”

Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

Do you mean bitterly reproach the thistle for not bearing grapes?
"Red Pottage" by Mary Cholmondeley
This is a reproach to thyself, for thou wert not willing to die.
"The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I." by Euripides
Drona then, vexed with Yudhishthira, reproachingly said, 'Stand thou apart.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
Heir to the king of the Matsyas, and born in a noble family, why should I, O prince, make thee do such a reproachable deed?
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
Reproaches now would be useless; whether self-reproach, or reproach to his wife.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
I suppose she did all she could, and I did not utter one word of reproach of her.
"The Claverings" by Anthony Trollope
For do you think that I am a-going to let that girl go down to her grave in undeserved reproach?
"Ishmael" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
Sulpice often reproached her for having clipped the wings of his ambition.
"His Excellency the Minister" by Jules Claretie
She almost stung her husband to madness with taunts and reproaches.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
From her ravings and self-reproaches Mrs. Rockharrt gathered that the unfortunate girl had heard, or in some way learned, some fatal news.
"For Woman's Love" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
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In poetry:

How long shall they reproach us
where crowd on crowd they dwell,
Poor ghosts of the wicked city,
the gold-crushed hungry hell?
"The Day Is Coming" by William Morris
"Time stands before the door of Death,
Upbraiding bitterly
And Conscience, with exhaustless breath,
Pours black reproach on me:
"Self-Interogation" by Emily Jane Bronte
LELIUS. Spare
Your reproaches. Jealous-grown,
I can bear that you reprove.
Pardon me, for with my love
My respect has also flown.
"The Wonder-Working Magician - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Ye sons of men, in vain ye try
To turn my glory into shame;
How long will scoffers love to lie,
And dare reproach my Savior's name?
"Psalm 4" by Isaac Watts
Dark, dismal thoughts, and boding fears,
Dwell in my troubled breast;
While sharp reproaches wound my ears,
Nor give my spirit rest.
"Psalm 102 part 1" by Isaac Watts
For Heaven--best home--true fatherland,
Bear toil, reproach and loss,
Your highest honor,--holiest name,--
The soldiers of the Cross!
"Beechenbrook - VII" by Margaret Junkin Preston

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.
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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
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