Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To express disapproval of, criticism of, or disappointment in (someone). See Synonyms at admonish.
  • transitive v. To bring shame upon; disgrace.
  • n. Blame; rebuke.
  • n. One that causes rebuke or blame.
  • n. Disgrace; shame.
  • idiom beyond reproach So good as to preclude any possibility of criticism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A mild rebuke, or an implied criticism.
  • n. Disgrace or shame.
  • v. To criticize or rebuke someone.
  • v. To disgrace, or bring shame upon someone.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of reproaching; censure mingled with contempt; contumelious or opprobrious language toward any person; abusive reflections.
  • n. A cause of blame or censure; shame; disgrace.
  • n. An object of blame, censure, scorn, or derision.
  • transitive v. To come back to, or come home to, as a matter of blame; to bring shame or disgrace upon; to disgrace.
  • transitive v. To attribute blame to; to allege something disgraceful against; to charge with a fault; to censure severely or contemptuously; to upbraid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To charge with a fault; censure with severity; upbraid: now usually with a personal object.
  • To disgrace.
  • Synonyms Reprove, Rebuke, etc. (see censure); revile, vilify, accuse.
  • n. The act of reproaching; a severe expression of censure or blame.
  • n. 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. An object of contempt, scorn, or derision.
  • n. Synonyms Monition, Reprehension, etc. (see admonition), blame, reviling, abuse, invective, vilification, upbraiding.
  • n. Disrepute, discredit, dishonor, scandal, contumely.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. disgrace or shame
  • n. a mild rebuke or criticism
  • v. express criticism towards

Etymologies

Middle English reprochen, from Old French reprochier, from Vulgar Latin *repropiāre : Latin re-, re- + Latin prope, near; see per1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French reprochier (Modern reprocher). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A measure of the Administration's responsiveness is that the NLRB launched its assault on Boeing after the BRT provided those examples, and President Obama has refused to say a word of reproach to the agency.

    The NLRB Fear Factor

  • She looked at him in reproach so deep that the last vestige of the terror of death was gone from her eyes.

    THE KANAKA SURF

  • My sense, however, is that the Pennsylvanian William Findley spoke for many others in 1796 when he said that the people who raised objections to the Constitution during the ratification struggle were “called Anti-federalists, as a name of reproach,” and then added, “I do, and always did, treat the appellation with contempt.”

    Ratification

  • Why anybody would vote for people who want to extend government's control to be able to do this kind of thing without reproach is beyond me.

    Sound Politics: Absence of Justice

  • Not a word of reproach was said when Ali returned to the ring against Quarry and Bonavena, though the Messenger had inveighed against the evils of sports.

    Sound and Fury

  • It was, as the Oxford English Dictionary later concluded, “essentially a term of reproach.”

    No Uncertain Terms

  • First, we must offer to our people in Quebec a party which is really representative of all segments of the population, and whose methods and functioning are absolutely beyond reproach from a democratic point of view.

    Quebec Update

  • Mature in virtuosity -- the modern virtuosity which goes so far beyond the mere technical mastery that once made the term a reproach -- though young in years, Jascha Heifetz, when one makes his acquaintance "off-stage," seems singularly modest about the great gifts which have brought him international fame.

    Violin Mastery Talks with Master Violinists and Teachers

  • She was like the woman in Scripture whose reproach is taken away, and who becomes a joyful mother of children when all hope is over.

    Kirsteen: The Story of a Scotch Family Seventy Years Ago

  • He was ignorant of its implacable determination like every other man guileless of complicity with it, and a premature radical policy would have subjected him instantly, to the reproach from a vast majority of his countrymen, of stimulating an undeveloped

    Eulogy of Abraham Lincoln

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  • Holmes would do this to Watson sometimes when he thought Watson had put too much color and life into the write ups of their cases.

    August 9, 2012

  • To proach again.

    April 26, 2008

  • Something that I am not beyond!

    April 8, 2007