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

  • n. The act or an instance of charging oneself with a fault or mistake.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Blame or condemnation directed at the self, as by the conscience.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of reproaching one's self; censure by one's own conscience.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A reproaching or condemning of one's self; the reproach or censure of one's own conscience.

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

  • n. a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)
  • n. the act of blaming yourself


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  • 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.”

    The Zealot

  • 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 Truth About Grief

  • 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.

    S.X. Rosenstock: The National at the Hollywood Bowl

  • Brandon sprawls semi-naked on blue sheets diagonally across the screen, staring into space in self-reproach, the score both sorrowful and ominous.

    Erica Abeel: Michael Fassbender's Sexoholic Triumphs at Toronto

  • His account of these occasions is full of bitter self-reproach but also a helpless self-recognition – and the unsparingness of the professional writer.

    Our parents resented us

  • For Shirer, as his diaries show, the dilemma was a constant source of anxiety and self-reproach.

    A Talent for Being There

  • Flannery exhaled in a sort of chuckle, and bopped herself on the head with her clipboard, as if in self-reproach.

    Stephanie Consults Her Clipboard [Card #7: The Chariot (WORK-IN-PROGRESS — v.5)]

  • 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.

    After the Binge Must Come the Purge

  • And so, on May 9, I read the Sunday Denver Post and sank into well-earned self-reproach.

    Patty Limerick: A Response to Jeremy Nichols

  • 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.

    The Faculty Club


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