reproach


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Related to reproach: beyond reproach, above reproach

re·proach

 (rĭ-prōch′)
tr.v. re·proached, re·proach·ing, re·proach·es
To express disapproval of, criticism of, or disappointment in (someone). See Synonyms at admonish.
n.
1.
a. An expression of blame or disapproval; a rebuke: a column that elicited many reproaches from readers.
b. Blame or disapproval: frowned in mild reproach of what was said.
2. One that stands as a rebuke or blame: "His brow commenced to sweat—a reproach to all sluggards and idlers" (Henry David Thoreau).
Idiom:
above/beyond reproach
So good as to preclude any possibility of criticism.

[Middle English reprochen, from Old French reprochier, from Vulgar Latin *repropiāre : Latin re-, re- + Latin prope, near; see per in Indo-European roots.]

re·proach′a·ble adj.
re·proach′a·ble·ness n.
re·proach′a·bly adv.
re·proach′er n.

reproach

(rɪˈprəʊtʃ)
vb (tr)
1. to impute blame to (a person) for an action or fault; rebuke
2. archaic to bring disgrace or shame upon
n
3. the act of reproaching
4. rebuke or censure; reproof: words of reproach.
5. disgrace or shame: to bring reproach upon one's family.
6. something that causes or merits blame, rebuke, or disgrace
7. above reproach beyond reproach perfect; beyond criticism
[C15: from Old French reprochier, from Latin re- + prope near]
reˈproachable adj
reˈproachableness n
reˈproachably adv
reˈproacher n

re•proach

(rɪˈproʊtʃ)

v.t.
1. to find fault with (a person, group, etc.); blame; censure.
2. to criticize severely; upbraid.
3. to be a cause of blame or discredit to.
n.
4. blame or censure conveyed in disapproval: a term of reproach.
5. an expression of reproof or censure.
6. disgrace or discredit.
7. an object of scorn or contempt.
[1375–1425; (n.) late Middle English reproche < Old French, derivative of reprochier to reproach < Vulgar Latin *repropiāre= Latin re- re- + Late Latin -propiāre (derivative of Latin prope near)]
re•proach′a•ble, adj.
re•proach′a•bly, adv.

reproach


Past participle: reproached
Gerund: reproaching

Imperative
reproach
reproach
Present
I reproach
you reproach
he/she/it reproaches
we reproach
you reproach
they reproach
Preterite
I reproached
you reproached
he/she/it reproached
we reproached
you reproached
they reproached
Present Continuous
I am reproaching
you are reproaching
he/she/it is reproaching
we are reproaching
you are reproaching
they are reproaching
Present Perfect
I have reproached
you have reproached
he/she/it has reproached
we have reproached
you have reproached
they have reproached
Past Continuous
I was reproaching
you were reproaching
he/she/it was reproaching
we were reproaching
you were reproaching
they were reproaching
Past Perfect
I had reproached
you had reproached
he/she/it had reproached
we had reproached
you had reproached
they had reproached
Future
I will reproach
you will reproach
he/she/it will reproach
we will reproach
you will reproach
they will reproach
Future Perfect
I will have reproached
you will have reproached
he/she/it will have reproached
we will have reproached
you will have reproached
they will have reproached
Future Continuous
I will be reproaching
you will be reproaching
he/she/it will be reproaching
we will be reproaching
you will be reproaching
they will be reproaching
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been reproaching
you have been reproaching
he/she/it has been reproaching
we have been reproaching
you have been reproaching
they have been reproaching
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been reproaching
you will have been reproaching
he/she/it will have been reproaching
we will have been reproaching
you will have been reproaching
they will have been reproaching
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been reproaching
you had been reproaching
he/she/it had been reproaching
we had been reproaching
you had been reproaching
they had been reproaching
Conditional
I would reproach
you would reproach
he/she/it would reproach
we would reproach
you would reproach
they would reproach
Past Conditional
I would have reproached
you would have reproached
he/she/it would have reproached
we would have reproached
you would have reproached
they would have reproached
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.reproach - a mild rebuke or criticism; "words of reproach"
rebuke, reprehension, reprimand, reproof, reproval - an act or expression of criticism and censure; "he had to take the rebuke with a smile on his face"
self-reproof, self-reproach - the act of blaming yourself
rap, blame - a reproach for some lapse or misdeed; "he took the blame for it"; "it was a bum rap"
2.reproach - disgrace or shame; "he brought reproach upon his family"
disgrace, ignominy, shame - a state of dishonor; "one mistake brought shame to all his family"; "suffered the ignominy of being sent to prison"
Verb1.reproach - express criticism towards; "The president reproached the general for his irresponsible behavior"
accuse, criminate, incriminate, impeach - bring an accusation against; level a charge against; "The neighbors accused the man of spousal abuse"

reproach

verb
1. blame, criticize, rebuke, reprimand, abuse, blast, condemn, carpet (informal), flame (informal), discredit, censure, have a go at (informal), scold, disparage, chide, tear into (informal), diss (slang, chiefly U.S.), defame, find fault with, take to task, read the riot act to, reprove, upbraid, lambast(e), bawl out (informal), chew out (U.S. & Canad. informal), tear (someone) off a strip (Brit. informal), give a rocket (Brit. & N.Z. informal), reprehend She is quick to reproach anyone.
noun
1. rebuke, lecture, wigging (Brit. slang), censure, reprimand, scolding, ticking-off (informal), dressing down (informal), telling-off (informal), admonition, tongue-lashing, reproof, castigation, reproval Her reproach was automatic.
2. censure, blame, abuse, contempt, condemnation, scorn, disapproval, opprobrium, odium, obloquy He looked at her with reproach.
3. disgrace, shame, slight, stain, discredit, stigma, slur, disrepute, blemish, indignity, ignominy, dishonour The shootings were a reproach to all of us.

reproach

verb
1. To criticize for a fault or an offense:
Informal: bawl out, lambaste.
Slang: chew out.
Idioms: bring to task, call on the carpet, haul over the coals, let someone have it.
2. To cause to feel embarrassment, dishonor, and often guilt:
Idioms: put to shame, put to the blush.
noun
1. Words expressive of strong disapproval:
Slang: rap.
2. An implied criticism:
Translations
لَوْم، تَعْنيفيَلوم، يَعْتَب على
výtkahanbakáratpokáratvyčíst
bebrejdebebrejdelse
szemére vetszemrehányás
átelja, ásakaátölur, ásökun
priekaištingaipriekaištingas
pārmestpārmetums

reproach

[rɪˈprəʊtʃ]
A. Nreproche m
above or beyond reproachintachable, irreprochable
that is a reproach to us alles un reproche a todos nosotros
poverty is a reproach to civilizationla pobreza es una vergüenza para la sociedad
term of reproachtérmino m oprobioso
B. VT to reproach sb for sthreprochar algo a algn
to reproach o.s. for sthreprocharse algo
you have no reason to reproach yourselfno tienes motivos para reprocharte (nada)

reproach

[rɪˈprəʊtʃ]
nreproche m
beyond reproach → irréprochable
vt
(= criticize, blame) → reprocher à
to reproach sb with sth → reprocher qch à qn
to reproach sb for sth → reprocher qch à qn
to reproach o.s. → se reprocher
I've nothing to reproach myself with → Je n'ai rien à me reprocher.

reproach

n
(= rebuke)Vorwurf m; to heap reproaches on somebodyjdn mit Vorwürfen überhäufen; a term of reproachein Vorwurf m; a look of reproachein vorwurfsvoller Blick; above or beyond reproachüber jeden Vorwurf erhaben
(= discredit) to be a reproach to somebody/somethingeine Schande für jdn/etw sein; to bring reproach (up)on somebody/somethingjdn/etw in schlechten Ruf bringen; to bring reproach (up)on oneselfin schlechten Ruf kommen
vtVorwürfe machen (+dat); to reproach somebody for his mistakejdm einen Fehler vorwerfen; to reproach somebody for having done somethingjdm Vorwürfe dafür machen, dass er etw getan hat; he has nothing to reproach himself for or wither hat sich (dat)nichts vorzuwerfen

reproach

[rɪˈprəʊtʃ] (frm)
1. nrimprovero
above or beyond reproach → irreprensibile
2. vt to reproach sb with or for sthrimproverare qc a qn
to reproach sb with or for doing sth → rimproverare a qn di or per aver fatto qc
don't reproach yourself for what happened → non devi sentirti in colpa per quello che è successo

reproach

(rəˈprəutʃ) verb
to rebuke or blame but usually with a feeling of sadness and disappointment rather than anger. She reproached me for not telling her about my money troubles; There is no need to reproach yourself – you did the best you could.
noun
(an) act of reproaching. a look of reproach; He didn't deserve that reproach from you.
reˈproachful adjective
showing or expressing reproach. a reproachful look; reproachful words.
reˈproachfully adverb
References in classic literature ?
Tell me that you submit to my arguments, and do not reproach me for using such.
There was her husband's reproach looking at her from the external things around her which he had provided for her external existence.
And I know that every one will confess that it would be most praiseworthy in a prince to exhibit all the above qualities that are considered good; but because they can neither be entirely possessed nor observed, for human conditions do not permit it, it is necessary for him to be sufficiently prudent that he may know how to avoid the reproach of those vices which would lose him his state; and also to keep himself, if it be possible, from those which would not lose him it; but this not being possible, he may with less hesitation abandon himself to them.
It was Sir Edward, who informed by Augusta of her Brother's marriage, came doubtless to reproach him for having dared to unite himself to me without his Knowledge.
She looked playful reproach at Stephen, who was sauntering up and down, and was just singing in pianissimo falsetto,--
They glided rapidly along, Stephen rowing, helped by the backward-flowing tide, past the Tofton trees and houses; on between the silent sunny fields and pastures, which seemed filled with a natural joy that had no reproach for theirs.
Where the Opposition that has not hurled back the branding reproach of Communism, against the more advanced opposition parties, as well as against its reactionary adversaries?
Instantly my hands were at her throat, stifling a shriek, my knees were upon her struggling body; and there in the darkness, without a word of accusation or reproach, I strangled her till she died!
The eyes are fixed on mine with an infinite gravity which is not reproach, nor hate, nor menace, nor anything less terrible than recognition.
In spite of the fact that, preparing herself for meeting him, she had schooled herself to despise and reproach him, she did not know what to say to him, and she felt sorry for him.
Know this, Masha: I can't reproach, have not reproached, and never shall reproach my wife with anything, and I cannot reproach myself with anything in regard to her; and that always will be so in whatever circumstances I may be placed.
Letters of reproach and invective showered in from the creditors; and Mr Rugg, who sat upon the high stool every day and read them all, informed his client within a week that he feared there were writs out.