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Definition a criticism; or to express criticism — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
  • She reproached him for being thoughtless and lazy.
reproached = criticized
  • As a representative of the school, my actions must be beyond reproach.
  • reproach = criticism

    (note that beyond reproach or above reproach is often used to mean that something is not only unworthy of criticism, but also that it gives no appearance of possibly being worthy of criticism. For example, it's not just that the agent didn't let a conflict of interest impact her actions. She went beyond that by assuring there was no conflict of interest to tempt her. It can also suggest that something is perfect. More rarely, it can also be used to suggest that someone is too powerful or too well-connected to criticize.)
  • Don't reproach yourself for things beyond your control.
  • reproach = criticize
  • She brought reproach upon her family.
  • reproach = criticism
  • Spare me your words of reproach.
  • reproach = criticism
  • The president reproached the general for his irresponsible behavior
  • reproached = criticized
  • 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
  • reproach = criticism
  • never any more did he reproach himself for feelings that were natural and sincere.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • reproach = criticize
  • 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
  • reproached = criticized
  • There was no higher praise for her; no higher reproach for me.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • reproach = criticism
  • In the middle of the letter, for example, he reproached himself for complaining too much:
    Tim O'Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • reproached = criticized
  • 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
  • reproach = criticize
  • I have not come here to reproach you.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • reproach = criticize
  • 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
  • reproach = criticism
  • No, Anne, we have done nothing to deserve such a reproach!
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • reproach = criticism
  • His daughter Barbara was reproaching him for writing ridiculous letters to the newspapers.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • reproaching = criticizing
  • But he didn't sound reproachful; he simply wanted to know.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • reproachful = full of criticism
  • I know that you're bound to reproach me - but before you do take into consideration - you left!
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • reproach = criticize
  • He stares at Moushumi as he says it, but she's too drunk to absorb his reproach.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • reproach = expression of criticism
  • Anything might be bearable rather than such reproaches.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
reproaches = criticisms

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