What does reproach mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. reproachnoun

    a mild rebuke or criticism

    "words of reproach"

  2. reproachverb

    disgrace or shame

    "he brought reproach upon his family"

  3. reproach, upbraidverb

    express criticism towards

    "The president reproached the general for his irresponsible behavior"


  1. reproachnoun

    A mild rebuke, or an implied criticism.

  2. reproachnoun

    Disgrace or shame.

  3. reproachverb

    To criticize or rebuke someone.

  4. reproachverb

    To disgrace, or bring shame upon someone.

  5. Etymology: reprochier (Modern reprocher).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Reproachnoun

    Censure; infamy; shame.

    Etymology: reproche, Fr. from the verb.

    With his reproach and odious menace,
    The knight emboiling in his haughty heart,
    Knit all his forces. Fairy Queen.

    If black scandal or foul-fac’d reproach
    Attend the sequel of your imposition,
    Your mere enforcement shall acquittance me. William Shakespeare.

    Thou, for the testimony of truth, hast borne
    Universal reproach. John Milton.

  2. To REPROACHverb

    Etymology: reprocher, Fr.

    Mezentius, with his ardour warm’d
    His fainting friends, reproach’d their shameful flight,
    Repell’d the victors. John Dryden, Æneis.

    The French writers do not burden themselves too much with plot, which has been reproached to them as a fault. Dry.

    If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye. 1 Peter iv. 14.

    That shame
    There sit not, and reproach us as unclean. John Milton.

    These things are grievous; the upbraiding of house-room, and reproaching of the lender. Ecclus. xxix. 28.

    The very regret of being surpassed in any valuable quality, by a person of the same abilities with ourselves, will reproach our own laziness, and even shame us into imitation. John Rogers.


  1. reproach

    Reproach generally refers to an expression of disapproval, criticism, or disappointment in someone's behavior, action, or decision; or the act of accusing or blaming someone, often in a manner that displays one's own disapproval or disappointment. It can also be considered as a cause or source of disgrace or shame. This term can be used as both a noun and a verb in sentences.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reproachverb

    to come back to, or come home to, as a matter of blame; to bring shame or disgrace upon; to disgrace

  2. Reproachverb

    to attribute blame to; to allege something disgraceful against; to charge with a fault; to censure severely or contemptuously; to upbraid

  3. Reproach

    the act of reproaching; censure mingled with contempt; contumelious or opprobrious language toward any person; abusive reflections; as, severe reproach

  4. Reproach

    a cause of blame or censure; shame; disgrace

  5. Reproach

    an object of blame, censure, scorn, or derision

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Reproach

    rē-prōch′, v.t. to cast in one's teeth: to censure severely: to upbraid: to revile: to treat with contempt.—n. the act of reproaching: reproof: censure: blame in opprobrious language: disgrace: occasion of blame: an object of scorn.—adj. Reproach′able, deserving reproach: opprobrious.—n. Reproach′ableness.—adv. Reproach′ably.—n. Reproach′er.—adj. Reproach′ful, full of reproach or blame: abusive: scurrilous: bringing reproach: shameful: disgraceful.—adv. Reproach′fully.—n. Reproach′fulness.—adj. Reproach′less, without reproach.—The Reproaches, antiphons chanted in R.C. churches on Good Friday after the prayers which succeed the Gospel of the Passion, their subject the ingratitude of the Jews in rejecting and crucifying Christ. [Fr. reprocherre-, back, proche, near—L. propius, comp. of prope, near.]

Editors Contribution

  1. reproach

    calling one to account for something done or said

    Submitted by anonymous on December 24, 2014  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reproach in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reproach in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of reproach in a Sentence

  1. Jeb Bush:

    There have been some serious allegations levied against the current attorney general, personally I think that the top law enforcement official in Texas needs to be above reproach.

  2. Demosthenes:

    He who confers a favor should at once forget it, if he is not to show a sordid ungenerous spirit. To remind a man of a kindness conferred and to talk of it, is little different from reproach.

  3. Letitia Elizabeth Landon:

    The good and the generous action of which we feel incapable is a reproach when done by another.

  4. President Alexander Lukashenko:

    We will act in a way so that no one can reproach us that there is no democracy, we will make it so that there is no less democracy here than in Poland.

  5. Hudson Taylor:

    I think that sometimes when people The Trevor Project as if they are, you know, that their allyship is above reproach, that is disingenuous.

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