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reproach

noun

  1. (rebuke)  a mild rebuke or criticism
    Type of: rebuke
  2. (shame)  disgrace or shame
    Type of: shame

verb

Etymology summary

Old French reproche (12th century), from reprocher "to blame, bring up against",...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

reproach | above reproach [sense-specific] | rebuke [synonym, sense-specific] | reproof [synonym, sense-specific] | reproachable [adjective, derived]

to impute blame to (a person) for an action or fault; rebuke | [archaic] to bring disgrace or shame upon | the act of reproaching | rebuke or censure; ... (26 of 528 words, 7 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/reproach

Merriam-Webster:

reproach [entry 1, noun] | dishonor [synonym, sense-specific] | opprobrium [synonym, sense-specific] | reflection [synonym, sense-specific] | scandal [synonym, sense-specific] | credit [antonym, sense-specific] | honor [antonym, sense-specific] | blot [similar, sense-specific] | brand [similar, sense-specific] | ...

an expression of rebuke or disapproval | the act or action of reproaching or disapproving | a cause or occasion of blame, discredit, or disgrace ; ... (24 of 277 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/reproach

reproach [entry 2, verb] | baste [synonym, sense-specific] | bawl out [synonym, sense-specific] | berate [synonym, sense-specific] | call down [synonym, sense-specific] | castigate [synonym, sense-specific] | chastise [synonym, sense-specific] | chew out [synonym, sense-specific] | dress down [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to express disappointment in or displeasure with (a person) for conduct that is blameworthy or in need of amendment | to make (something) a matter of ... (25 of 301 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Oxford Dictionary:

reproach | beyond | reproach someone with | a reproach to | Reproaches | above reproach | perfect [synonym, sense-specific] | reproachable [derived] | reproacher [derived] | ...

express to (someone) one's disapproval of or disappointment in their actions | ("reproach someone with") : accuse someone of | [archaic] : censure or ... (22 of 194 words, 7 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/reproach

Random House Dictionary:

reproach | the Reproaches [sense-specific] | the Reproaches: Improperia [synonym, sense-specific]

to find fault with (a person, group, etc.); blame; censure. | to upbraid. | to be a cause of blame or discredit to. | blame or censure conveyed in ... (26 of 114 words, 9 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/reproach

Macmillan British Dictionary:

reproach [noun] | reproaches [plural] | above/beyond reproach

[countable/uncountable] an expression of criticism and disappointment because of something bad that someone has done | [singular] something that makes ... (19 of 98 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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reproach [transitive] | reproached [past tense] | reproaching [present participle] | reproaches [3rd-person singular present] | reproach yourself

to criticize someone and feel disappointed with them for something they have done | "reproach yourself": to feel ashamed and angry because you know ... (23 of 82 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/reproach

New World Dictionary:

reproach | reproachable [adjective, related] | reproacher [noun, related] | reproachingly [adverb, related]

to accuse of and blame for a fault so as to make feel ashamed; rebuke; reprove | [rare] to bring shame and disgrace upon; be a cause of discredit to | ... (29 of 82 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

reproach | reproached [past tense] | reproaching [present participle] | reproaches [3rd-person singular present] | reproachable [adjective, related] | reproachableness [noun, related] | reproachably [adverb, related] | reproacher [noun, related]

To express disapproval of, criticism of, or disappointment in (someone). | To bring shame upon; disgrace. | Blame; rebuke. | One that causes rebuke or ... (22 of 67 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

reproach | reproaches [plural] | reproached [past tense] | reproaching [present participle] | blame [synonym, sense-specific] | rebuke [synonym, sense-specific] | upbraid [synonym, sense-specific] | disgrace [synonym, sense-specific] | dishonor [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

A mild rebuke, or an implied criticism. | Disgrace or shame. | To criticize or rebuke someone. | To disgrace, or bring shame upon someone. (22 of 41 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/reproach

Cambridge Dictionary:

reproach [entry 1]

to criticize someone, especially for not being successful or not doing what is expected (14 of 35 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/reproach 1

reproach [entry 2]

when you criticize someone, especially for not being successful or for not doing what is expected (16 of 41 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/reproach 2

Encarta Dictionary:

reproach | reproached [past tense] | reproaching [present participle] | reproaches [3rd-person singular present]

to criticize somebody for doing something wrong | to feel ashamed because you know you have done something wrong | criticism or disapproval for having ... (23 of 133 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861700615​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

reproach

First use: early 15th century

Origin: Old French reproche (12th century), from reprocher "to blame, bring up against", said by some French etymologists to be from Vulgar ... (24 of 48 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

reproach | reproached [past tense] | reproaching [present participle] | reproaches [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English reprochen, from Old French reprochier, from Vulgar Latin *repropiāre: Latin re-, re- + Latin ... (16 of 24 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

reproach | beyond | reproach someone with | a reproach to | Reproaches

Origin: Middle English: from Old French reprochier (verb), from a base meaning "bring back close", based on Latin prope "near"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/reproach

New World Dictionary:

reproach

Origin: Late Middle English reprochen from Old French reprochier from Vulgar Latin *repropiare from Latin re-, back + prope, near

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/reproach

Collins Dictionary:

reproach

First use: 15th century

Origin: from Old French reprochier, from Latin re- + prope near

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/reproach

Wiktionary:

reproach | reproaches [plural] | reproached [past tense] | reproaching [present participle]

Origin: Old French reprochier (Modern reprocher).

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/reproach

Merriam-Webster:

reproach [entry 1, noun]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English reproche, from Anglo-French, from reprocher to reproach, from Vulgar Latin *repropiare to bring close, show, from ... (20 of 24 etymology words)

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Encarta Dictionary:

reproach | reproached [past tense] | reproaching [present participle] | reproaches [3rd-person singular present]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Old French reprochier from Latin prope "near"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861700615​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

reproach | reproaches [plural] | reproached [past tense] | reproaching [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "reproach"

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Collins Dictionary:

reproach

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

reproach [noun] | reproaches [plural]

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reproach [transitive] | reproached [past tense] | reproaching [present participle] | reproaches [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "reproach"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

reproach | reproaches [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "reproach"

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reproach [transitive, verb] | reproached [past tense] | reproaching [present participle] | reproaches [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "reproach"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

reproach [entry 2]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "reproach"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "reproach"

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the Free Dictionary:

reproach

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Google Dictionary:

reproach | reproaches [plural] | reproached [past tense] | reproaching [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "reproach"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

reproach

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YourDictionary Audio:

reproach

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