Definitions for: Reproach

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

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

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.

Synonyms: upbraid

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

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