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a criticism; or to express criticism — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
  • "No, that is too hard," said Sir James, in a tone of reproach that showed strong interest.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (10% in)
  • He had not found marriage a rapturous state, but he had no idea of being anything else than an irreproachable husband, who would make a charming young woman as happy as she deserved to be.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (75% in)
  • But irrational reproaches were easier to bear than the sense of being instructed, or rather the sense that a younger man, like Lydgate, inwardly considered him in need of instruction, for "in point of fact," Mr. Wrench afterwards said, Lydgate paraded flighty, foreign notions, which would not wear.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (38% in)
  • She would not think it calamity: he would make her believe anything; she has a tendency to immoderate attachment which she inwardly reproaches me for not responding to, and already her mind is occupied with his fortunes.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (93% in)
  • Can any one who has rejoiced in woman's tenderness think it a reproach to her that she took the little oval picture in her palm and made a bed for it there, and leaned her cheek upon it, as if that would soothe the creatures who had suffered unjust condemnation?
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (12% in)
  • Rosamond was convinced that no woman could behave more irreproachably than she was behaving; and she went to sit down at her work-table.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (61% in)
  • The joy was not the less—perhaps it was the more complete just then—because of the irrevocable parting; for there was no reproach, no contemptuous wonder to imagine in any eye or from any lips.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (98% in)
  • He had acted so as to defy reproach, and make wonder respectful.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (98% in)
  • Rosamond had the double purchase over him of insensibility to the point of justice in his reproach, and of sensibility to the undeniable hardships now present in her married life.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (30% in)
  • Rosamond in a poor lodging, though in the largest city or most distant town, would not find the life that could save her from gloom, and save him from the reproach of having plunged her into it.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (44% in)
  • I came to see you because I had heard something which made me anxious about you," said the Vicar, in the tone of a good brother, only that there was no reproach in it.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (80% in)
  • That was the uneasy corner of Lydgate's consciousness while he was reviewing the facts and resisting all reproach.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (7% in)
  • Without that memory of Raffles she might still have thought only of monetary ruin, but now along with her brother's look and words there darted into her mind the idea of some guilt in her husband—then, under the working of terror came the image of her husband exposed to disgrace—and then, after an instant of scorching shame in which she felt only the eyes of the world, with one leap of her heart she was at his side in mournful but unreproaching fellowship with shame and isolation.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (17% in)
  • She knew, when she locked her door, that she should unlock it ready to go down to her unhappy husband and espouse his sorrow, and say of his guilt, I will mourn and not reproach.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (19% in)
  • Her melancholy had become so marked that Lydgate felt a strange timidity before it, as a perpetual silent reproach, and the strong man, mastered by his keen sensibilities towards this fair fragile creature whose life he seemed somehow to have bruised, shrank from her look, and sometimes started at her approach, fear of her and fear for her rushing in only the more forcibly after it had been momentarily expelled by exasperation.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (39% in)
  • The fire of Dorothea's anger was not easily spent, and it flamed out in fitful returns of spurning reproach.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (56% in)
  • But now I have told you, and he cannot reproach me any more.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (68% in)
  • She had begun her confession under the subduing influence of Dorothea's emotion; and as she went on she had gathered the sense that she was repelling Will's reproaches, which were still like a knife-wound within her.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (68% in)
  • Her immediate consciousness was one of immense sympathy without cheek; she cared for Rosamond without struggle now, and responded earnestly to her last words— "No, he cannot reproach you any more."
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (68% in)
  • You will have nothing to reproach me with now.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (74% in)

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