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tr.v. re·proached, re·proach·ing, re·proach·es
To express disapproval of, criticism of, or disappointment in (someone). See Synonyms at admonish.
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).
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.
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Noun1.reproacher - someone who finds fault or imputes blame
authority - (usually plural) persons who exercise (administrative) control over others; "the authorities have issued a curfew"
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It has been found in this article that when people are reproached for a social failure, they feel obliged to construct an account for the failure event, an account that will be honored by the reproachers. An account can also refer to the narratives or stories that we use to explain and make sense of a social interaction, and it can refer to the way in which people try to affect a repair of a social failure.