The expression "beyond reproach" is sometimes used to indicate that one must not only be careful to do everything right, but must be careful not to do anything that might make people suspect they did something wrong. For example, politicians often need to behave in a manner that is beyond reproach.
Standard prefix: Note that the prefix "ir" (meaning not) can reverse the meanings of some forms of this basic word. For example the meaning of reproachable (able to be criticized) is reversed with irreproachable (not able to be criticized; or beyond reproach).
She reproached him for being thoughtless and lazy.
Don’t reproach yourself for things beyond your control.
As a representative of the school, my actions must be beyond reproach.
The president reproached the general for his irresponsible behavior
As she stood before me on the porch, I could see the exhaustion in her face, and all the words of reproach I’d been rehearsing drained away.
Nicholas Sparks -- Dear John
never any more did he reproach himself for feelings that were natural and sincere.
F. Scott Fitzgerald -- This Side of Paradise
He bitterly regretted his foolishness, and reproached himself for weakness of will; for he now perceived that in putting on the Ring he obeyed not his own desire but the commanding wish of his enemies.
J.R.R. Tolkien -- The Fellowship of the Ring
There was no higher praise for her; no higher reproach for me.
Charles Dickens -- David Copperfield
Sometimes I would go to see my parents, but seldom, since there was so much to be done in my own home; and my mother, knowing this, did not reproach me for the long intervals between my visits.
Kamala Markandaya -- Nectar in a Sieve
I have not come here to reproach you.
Alan Paton -- Cry, the Beloved Country
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His daughter Barbara was reproaching him for writing ridiculous letters to the newspapers.
Kurt Vonnegut -- Slaughterhouse-Five
No, Anne, we have done nothing to deserve such a reproach!
Anne Frank -- The Diary of a Young Girl
But the reproach was the unendurable thing; the one thing worse than parting with her was, that she should feel he had acted unworthily toward her.
George Eliot -- The Mill on the Floss
But he didn’t sound reproachful; he simply wanted to know.
Albert Camus -- The Stranger
I know that you’re bound to reproach me - but before you do take into consideration - you left!
Tennessee Williams -- A Streetcar Named Desire
He was very kind, forgave her readily, and did not utter one reproach, but Meg knew that she had done and said a thing which would not be forgotten soon,
Louisa May Alcott -- Little Women
He reproached Philip for laziness, asked him when he was going to start work,
W. Somerset Maugham -- Of Human Bondage
Anything might be bearable rather than such reproaches.
Jane Austen -- Mansfield Park
He stares at Moushumi as he says it, but she’s too drunk to absorb his reproach.
Jhumpa Lahiri -- The Namesake
Elinor cleared her throat and gave Mo a reproachful glance, as if it could only be his fault that his daughter was precocious enough to know such things.
Cornelia Funke -- Inkheart
The others reproached her sharply, and they went outside.
George Orwell -- Animal Farm
She said not a word of reproach—she and Marija had chosen that course before; she would only plead with him, here by the corpse of his dead wife.
Upton Sinclair -- The Jungle
Philip’s face assumed a look of reproach.
Ayn Rand -- Atlas Shrugged
The news that the regiment had been reproached went along the line.
Stephen Crane -- The Red Badge of Courage
Thus Penelope reproached her son, and he replied.
Homer -- The Odyssey
Why did he, the irreproachable one, have to wash off sins every day, strive for a cleansing every day, over and over every day?
Hermann Hesse -- Siddhartha
That Sir Henry should have been exposed to this is, I must confess, a reproach to my management of the case, but we had no means of foreseeing the terrible and paralyzing spectacle which the beast presented, nor could we predict the fog which enabled him to burst upon us at such short notice.
Arthur Conan Doyle -- The Hound of the Baskervilles
Then, however much mother and sister would importune him with little reproaches and warnings he would keep slowly shaking his head for a quarter of an hour with his eyes closed and refusing to get up.
Franz Kafka -- Metamorphosis
your eyes have been reproaching them every day for incautiousness.
Jane Austen -- Sense and Sensibility
I have never reproached you,
Robert Louis Stevenson -- Kidnapped
That fault is not what I am usually reproached with.
Henry James -- Washington Square
but finally he reproached himself for staying so long without having done anything relevant to his own affair.
Franz Kafka -- The Trial
she reproached him lovingly for this
Leo Tolstoy -- The Death of Ivan Ilych
For the last two years his conduct has been irreproachable.
Henrik Ibsen -- Hedda Gabler
He looked impressive on television. Handsome, irreproachable.
Chang-rae Lee -- Native Speaker
"After all," he added silkily, "your own behavior has not, from the purist’s point of view, been irreproachable."
John Le Carre -- The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
There was no self-reproach, no uneasiness in those eyes.
Agatha Christie -- And Then There Were None
There was no anger or reproach.
Markus Zusak -- The Book Thief
Well, I don’t think you need reproach yourself on his account.
Leo Tolstoy -- War and Peace
"I don’t want you to make excuses for me." He said it simply, without reproach.
Ayn Rand -- The Fountainhead
my young master doth expect your reproach.
William Shakespeare -- The Merchant of Venice
Reproach me not with the fear in the country; there is fear in the country because there is a moving plot to topple Christ in the country!
Arthur Miller -- The Crucible
Over the years, Mariam had learned to harden herself against his scorn and reproach, his ridiculing and reprimanding.
Khaled Hosseini -- A Thousand Splendid Suns
Poirot cast on him a look of reproach.
Agatha Christie -- Murder On The Orient Express
I wanted to make Joe less ignorant and common, that he might be worthier of my society and less open to Estella’s reproach.
Charles Dickens -- Great Expectations
He walks straight to Higgins, and accosts him with vehement reproach.
George Bernard Shaw -- Pygmalion
The misery of self-reproach struck me so that I shook all over.
John Wyndham -- The Chrysalids
For a while yet she looks at him, without reproach, without anything at all,
William Faulkner -- As I Lay Dying
I bombarded him with questions and reproaches before he could get a word of explanation in,