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Definition of reproach noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] blame or criticism for something you have done His voice was full of reproach. The captain's behavior is above/beyond reproach (= you cannot criticize it).
  2. 2[countable] a word or remark expressing blame or criticism He listened to his wife's bitter reproaches.
  3. 3[uncountable] a state of shame or loss of honor Her actions brought reproach upon herself.
  4. 4[singular] reproach (to somebody/something) a person or thing that brings shame on someone or something synonym discredit Such living conditions are a reproach to our society.
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