Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To express disapproval of, criticism of, or disappointment in (someone). synonym: admonish.
  • noun An expression of blame or disapproval; a rebuke.
  • noun Blame or disapproval.
  • noun One that stands as a rebuke or blame.
  • idiom (above/beyond) So good as to preclude any possibility of criticism.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun The act of reproaching; a severe expression of censure or blame.
  • noun An occasion of blame or censure, shame, infamy, or disgrace; also, the state of being subject to blame or censure; a state of disgrace.
  • noun An object of contempt, scorn, or derision.
  • noun Synonyms Monition, Reprehension, etc. (see admonition), blame, reviling, abuse, invective, vilification, upbraiding.
  • noun Disrepute, discredit, dishonor, scandal, contumely.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun disgrace or shame
  • noun a mild rebuke or criticism
  • verb express criticism towards

Etymologies

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

[Middle English reprochen, from Old French reprochier, from Vulgar Latin *repropiāre : Latin re-, re- + Latin prope, near; see per in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old French reprochier (Modern reprocher).

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

  • 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

  • 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

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

    No Uncertain Terms

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

    No Uncertain Terms

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  • Something that I am not beyond!

    April 8, 2007

  • To proach again.

    April 26, 2008

  • 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