A daughter under reproach from her parents.
An example of reproach is when you scold your child for coming in an hour past curfew.
- to accuse of and blame for a fault so as to make feel ashamed; rebuke; reprove
- Rare to bring shame and disgrace upon; be a cause of discredit to
Origin of reproachLate Middle English reprochen ; from Old French reprochier ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form repropiare ; from Classical Latin re-, back + prope, near
- shame, disgrace, discredit, or blame, or a source, cause, or occasion of this
- a blaming or reproving; rebuke
- an expression of blame or reproof
- Obs. an object of blame, censure, scorn, etc.
transitive verbre·proached, re·proach·ing, re·proach·es
- 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.
- One that stands as a rebuke or blame: “His brow commenced to sweat—a reproach to all sluggards and idlers” (Henry David Thoreau).
Origin of reproachMiddle English reprochen, from Old French reprochier, from Vulgar Latin *repropiare : Latin re-, re- + Latin prope, near; see per1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present reproaches, present participle reproaching, simple past and past participle reproached)
Old French reprochier (Modern reprocher).