• Reproach. Old Roman
    Reproach. Old Roman
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v reproach express criticism towards "The president reproached the general for his irresponsible behavior"
    • n reproach a mild rebuke or criticism "words of reproach"
    • n reproach disgrace or shame "he brought reproach upon his family"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Reproach A cause of blame or censure; shame; disgrace.
    • Reproach An object of blame, censure, scorn, or derision. "Come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach ."
    • Reproach The act of reproaching; censure mingled with contempt; contumelious or opprobrious language toward any person; abusive reflections; as, severe reproach . "No reproaches even, even when pointed and barbed with the sharpest wit, appeared to give him pain.""Give not thine heritage to reproach ."
    • Reproach To attribute blame to; to allege something disgraceful against; to charge with a fault; to censure severely or contemptuously; to upbraid. "If ye be reproached for the name of Christ.""That this newcomer, Shame,
      There sit not, and reproach us as unclean."
      "Mezentius . . . with his ardor warmed
      His fainting friends, reproached their shameful flight.
      Repelled the victors."
    • Reproach To come back to, or come home to, as a matter of blame; to bring shame or disgrace upon; to disgrace. "I thought your marriage fit; else imputation,
      For that he knew you, might reproach your life."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • reproach To charge with a fault; censure with severity; upbraid: now usually with a personal object.
    • reproach To disgrace.
    • reproach Synonyms Reprove, Rebuke, etc. (see censure); revile, vilify, accuse.
    • n reproach The act of reproaching; a severe expression of censure or blame.
    • n reproach An occasion of blame or censure, shame, infamy, or disgrace; also, the state of being subject to blame or censure; a state of disgrace.
    • n reproach An object of contempt, scorn, or derision.
    • n reproach Synonyms Monition, Reprehension, etc. (see admonition), blame, reviling, abuse, invective, vilification, upbraiding.
    • n reproach Disrepute, discredit, dishonor, scandal, contumely.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Reproach rē-prōch′ to cast in one's teeth: to censure severely: to upbraid: to revile: to treat with contempt
    • n Reproach the act of reproaching: reproof: censure: blame in opprobrious language: disgrace: occasion of blame: an object of scorn
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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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. reprocher, OF. reprochier, (assumed) LL. reproriare,; L. pref. re-, again, against, back + prope, near; hence, originally, to bring near to, throw in one's teeth. Cf. Approach


In literature:

They then reproached me, saying, I was a changeling, and an evil spirit.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
All warnings, all lessons, all reproaches, were lost upon them.
"Memoirs of the Private Life, Return, and Reign of Napoleon in 1815, Vol. I" by Pierre Antoine Edouard Fleury de Chaboulon
Well, all the more reason that she should forgive him, and utter no word of reproach or bitterness.
"Nell, of Shorne Mills" by Charles Garvice
She felt the reproach, and could not believe it accidental.
"Helen and Arthur" by Caroline Lee Hentz
But the flash of his eye resented the implied reproach.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
And seeing this, Katherine's motherhood arose and confronted her with something of reproach.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
But the eyes were set on me, and now, it seemed, in reproach.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
Hester reproached him for his coolness.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
Is it for him to use these reproaches, which, if not ungrateful, are at least wanting in charity?
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
In fine, the additional act was reproached with having re-established the confiscations abolished by the charter.
"Memoirs of the Private Life, Return, and Reign of Napoleon in 1815, Vol. II" by Pierre Antoine Edouard Fleury de Chaboulon

In poetry:

You oceans both, I close with you,
We murmur alike reproachfully rolling sands and drift, knowing
not why,
These little shreds indeed standing for you and me and all.
"As I Ebb'd With the Ocean of Life" by Walt Whitman
You oceans both! I close with you;
We murmur alike reproachfully, rolling our sands and drift, knowing
not why,
These little shreds indeed, standing for you and me and all.
"Elemental Drifts" by Walt Whitman
He painted with fresh hues thy myriad flowers,
But left them scentless; ah! their woeful dole,
Like sad reproach of their creator's powers,
To make so sweet fair bodies, void of soul.
"Western Australia" by John Boyle O Reilly
But this is past, and vex you he never will,
With loving glance, or look of sad reproach;
His lips move not, smile not at your approach;
The flowers he clasps are not more calm and still.
"His Place" by Marietta Holley
Under sorrows and reproaches,
May this thought our courage raise.
Swiftly God's great day approaches;
Sighing shall then be changed to praise,
May we triumph
When the world is in a blaze!
"Hymn 7" by Noah Calwell W Cannon
Chilled at her touch, the self-reproaching soul
Flies from the heart and home she dearest loves,
To where lone mountains tower, or billows roll,
Or to your endless depth, ye solemn groves.
"Third Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble

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