American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act or an instance of charging oneself with a fault or mistake.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A reproaching or condemning of one's self; the reproach or censure of one's own conscience.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of reproaching one's self; censure by one's own conscience.
- n. a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)
- n. the act of blaming yourself
“He was periodically paralyzed by self-reproach and insecurity, and once wrote a defensive third-person preface to one of his later novels (The Age of Longing) in which he described its style as modeled on that of a certain “A. Koestler,” whose writing, “lacking in ornament and distinction, is easy to imitate.””
“In his article “Mourning and Melancholia,” published in 1917, Freud characterized grief as a normal reaction, but also noted that it becomes “pathological” when the survivor has mixed feelings about the deceased, leading to guilt and unconscious self-reproach for his or her death.”
“The National played a set at the Hollywood Bowl on the tenth anniversary of 9/11 that made their signature subjects -- self-reproach, uncertainty, despair -- turn sublime.”
“Brandon sprawls semi-naked on blue sheets diagonally across the screen, staring into space in self-reproach, the score both sorrowful and ominous.”
“His account of these occasions is full of bitter self-reproach but also a helpless self-recognition – and the unsparingness of the professional writer.”
“For Shirer, as his diaries show, the dilemma was a constant source of anxiety and self-reproach.”
“Flannery exhaled in a sort of chuckle, and bopped herself on the head with her clipboard, as if in self-reproach.”
“If Dickens's "A Christmas Carol" had found space for a Ghost of Christmas Just Past, it would have been the most horrible apparition of the lot: bloated with sulphurous sprout gas, greasy of brow and haggard with self-reproach.”
“And so, on May 9, I read the Sunday Denver Post and sank into well-earned self-reproach.”
“Her eyes were fundamentally gentle, but there was something else there—a sort of self-reproach, as if the only anger she was capable of feeling was aimed at herself; and it was a righteous, intense anger.”
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