Reproach definition

rĭ-prōch
To express disapproval of, criticism of, or disappointment in (someone).
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(rare) To bring shame and disgrace upon; be a cause of discredit to.
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To accuse of and blame for a fault so as to make feel ashamed; rebuke; reprove.
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An expression of blame or reproof.
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(obs.) An object of blame, censure, scorn, etc.
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A blaming or reproving; rebuke.
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Reproach is defined as to blame or shame someone.

An example of reproach is when you scold your child for coming in an hour past curfew.

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Shame, disgrace, discredit, or blame, or a source, cause, or occasion of this.
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One that stands as a rebuke or blame.
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An expression of blame or disapproval; a rebuke.

A column that elicited many reproaches from readers.

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Blame or disapproval.

Frowned in mild reproach of what was said.

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To criticize or rebuke someone.
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To disgrace, or bring shame upon someone.
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  • So good as to preclude any possibility of criticism.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
reproach
Plural:
reproaches

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of reproach

  • Middle English reprochen from Old French reprochier from Vulgar Latin repropiāre Latin re- re- Latin prope near per1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old French reprochier (Modern reprocher).

    From Wiktionary