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Meaning of REPROACH

Pronunciation:  ri'prowch

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a mild rebuke or criticism; "words of reproach"
  2. [n]  disgrace or shame; "he brought reproach upon his family"
  3. [v]  utter a reproach to; "The president reproached the general for his irresponsible behavior"

REPROACH is a 8 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: upbraid
 See Also: accuse, blame, criminate, disgrace, ignominy, impeach, incriminate, rap, rebuke, reprehension, reprimand, reproof, reproval, self-reproach, self-reproof, shame



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Re*proach"\ (r?-pr?ch"), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
    {Reproached} (-pr?cht"); p. pr. & vb. n. {Reproaching}.] [F.
    reprocher, OF. reprochier, (assumed) LL. reproriare; L. pref.
    re- again, against, back + prope near; hence, originally, to
    bring near to, throw in one's teeth. Cf. {Approach}.]
    1. To come back to, or come home to, as a matter of blame; to
       bring shame or disgrace upon; to disgrace. [Obs.]
             I thought your marriage fit; else imputation, For
             that he knew you, might reproach your life. --Shak.
    2. To attribute blame to; to allege something disgracefull
       against; to charge with a fault; to censure severely or
       contemptuously; to upbraid.
             If ye be reproached for the name of Christ. --1
                                                   Peter iv. 14.
             That this newcomer, Shame, There sit not, and
             reproach us as unclean.               --Milton.
             Mezentius . . . with his ardor warmed His fainting
             friends, reproached their shameful flight. Repelled
             the victors.                          --Dryden.
    Syn: To upbraid; censure; blame; chide; rebuke; condemn;
         revile; vilify.
  2. \Re*proach"\, n. [F. reproche. See {Reproach}, v.]
    1. The act of reproaching; censure mingled with contempt;
       contumelious or opprobrious language toward any person;
       abusive reflections; as, severe reproach.
             No reproaches even, even when pointed and barbed
             with the sharpest wit, appeared to give him pain.
             Give not thine heritage to reproach.  --Joel ii. 17.
    2. A cause of blame or censure; shame; disgrace.
    3. An object of blame, censure, scorn, or derision.
             Come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem,
             that we be no more a reproach.        --Neh. ii. 17.
    Syn: Disrepute; discredit; dishonor; opprobrium; invective;
         contumely; reviling; abuse; vilification; scurrility;
         insolence; insult; scorn; contempt; ignominy; shame;
         scandal;; disgrace; infamy.