Definition of reproach noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈprəʊtʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈproʊtʃ//
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  1. 1[uncountable] blame or criticism for something you have done His voice was full of reproach. The captain’s behaviour 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 honour Her actions brought reproach upon herself.
  4. 4[singular] reproach (to somebody/something) a person or thing that brings shame on somebody/something synonym discredit Such living conditions are a reproach to our society.
  5. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French reprochier (verb), from a base meaning ‘bring back close’, based on Latin prope ‘near’.Extra examples He glanced at her with reproach. Her conduct had always been beyond reproach. Her voice was full of reproach. Paul saw this as a reproach to himself. She had never uttered a word of reproach. There was mild reproach in his tone. There was no reproach about his failure to turn up. He listened to his wife’s bitter reproaches.
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