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reproach
used in Atlas Shrugged

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Definition
a criticism; or to express criticism — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
  • Philip's face assumed a look of reproach.
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (37% in)
reproach = a criticism; or to express criticism
  • He felt a stab of regret, wishing he had not made the bracelet, then a wave of self-reproach for the regret.
    1.2 Part 1 Chapter 2 — The Chain (32% in)
  • "Have you had any dinner, Henry?" his mother asked; there was a reproachful impatience in her voice, as if his hunger were a personal insult to her.
    1.2 Part 1 Chapter 2 — The Chain (44% in)
  • Beecham was here for dinner," she said reproachfully.
    1.2 Part 1 Chapter 2 — The Chain (48% in)
  • He had never had a desire to hurt them, but he had always felt their defensive, reproachful expectation; they seemed wounded by anything he said, it was not a matter of his words or actions, it was almost .... almost as if they were Wounded by the mere fact of his being.
    1.2 Part 1 Chapter 2 — The Chain (69% in)
  • Philip asked-and Rearden heard, unable to believe it, that the tone of his voice was reproachful.
    1.2 Part 1 Chapter 2 — The Chain (96% in)
  • His manner had conveyed a peculiar note of condescending reproach whenever she attempted to make the conversation specific, as if she were giving proof of ill-breeding by breaking some unwritten code known to everyone else.
    1.4 Part 1 Chapter 4 — The Immovable Movers (1% in)
  • "Dagny," he said sadly, reproachfully, "it's Frisco d'Anconia."
    1.5 Part 1 Chapter 5 — The Climax of the D'Anconias (2% in)
  • "Dagny," Mrs. Taggart said gently, reproachfully, "do you see how beautiful you can be when you want to?"
    1.5 Part 1 Chapter 5 — The Climax of the D'Anconias (37% in)
  • Days later, sitting at her desk at Rockdale Station, feeling lightheartedly at home, Dagny thought of the party and shrugged in contemptuous reproach at her own disappointment.
    1.5 Part 1 Chapter 5 — The Climax of the D'Anconias (41% in)
  • "I am thinking of your name," she said, while another part of her mind was crying to her that reproaches were useless.
    1.5 Part 1 Chapter 5 — The Climax of the D'Anconias (96% in)
  • Shall I beat you to it and name the consequences you were going to reproach me for?
    1.5 Part 1 Chapter 5 — The Climax of the D'Anconias (97% in)
  • ...had resigned suddenly, without explanation-he had to do it at once-men of that sort were so hard to find-and if anything happened to break the flow of the rolling mills-it was the Taggart rail that was being rolled...... He remembered the silent reproach, the look of accusation, long-bearing patience and scorn, which he always saw in the eyes of his family when they caught some evidence of his passion for his business-and the futility of his silence, of his hope that they would not think...
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (5% in)
  • He had to read it: there had been too much talk about this issue in the last three months, ominously too much, He read it, with the sound of voices and forced laughter coming from downstairs, reminding him that the guests were arriving, that the party had started and that he would face the bitter, reproachful glances of his family when he came down.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (10% in)
  • Is this a compliment or a reproach, Miss Taggart?
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (31% in)
  • Francisco had said it very simply, neither as a reproach nor a plea, but in a manner which, strangely, acknowledged Rearden's dignity and his own.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (54% in)
  • Rearden could accept any form of reproach, abuse, damnation anyone chose to throw at him; the only human reaction which he would not accept was pity.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (62% in)
  • That's very unfair of you," he said; there was a dry little note of righteous reproach in his voice.
    1.8 Part 1 Chapter 8 — The John Galt Line (18% in)
  • He noticed that rising to leave and muttering some sort of good-byes, Larkin had a wounded, reproachful, mouth-pinched look, as if he, Larkin, were the injured party.
    1.8 Part 1 Chapter 8 — The John Galt Line (20% in)
  • ...would never have the right to leavethe thought that he owed her at least the feeble recognition of sympathy, of respect for a feeling he could neither understand nor returnthe knowledge that he could summon nothing for her, except contempt, a strange, total, unreasoning contempt, impervious to pity, to reproach, to his own pleas for justice-and, hardest to bear, the proud revulsion against his own verdict, against his demand that he consider himself lower than this woman he despised.
    1.10 Part 1 Chapter 10 — Wyatt's Torch (38% in)
  • She saw the expression on Dagny's face, and added slowly, quizzically, without reproach, merely in sad amusement, "I see.
    1.10 Part 1 Chapter 10 — Wyatt's Torch (78% in)
  • Dagny-he thought desperately-Dagny, who had never said a word about his life at home, who had never made a claim, uttered a reproach or asked a question-he could not appear before her with his wife, he could not let her see him as the husband being proudly shown off-he wished he could die now, in this moment, before he committed this action-because he knew that he would commit it.
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (17% in)
  • No. Lillian shook her head in smiling reproach.
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (54% in)
  • Then all the things you buy will become, not a tribute to you, but a reproach; not an achievement, but a reminder of shame.
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (77% in)
  • Rearden's anger was involuntary, the cry, not of reproach, but of despair: "How can you waste yourself that way?
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (86% in)
  • I suppose that one might find some satisfaction in being a martyr, if one is above reproach.
    2.4 Part 2 Chapter 4 — The Sanction of the Victim (8% in)
  • Through all the years past, his consideration for them had brought him nothing but their maliciously righteous reproaches.
    2.4 Part 2 Chapter 4 — The Sanction of the Victim (27% in)
  • Rearden," said the eldest judge, smiling affably, reproachfully and spreading his arms, "it is regrettable that you should have misunderstood us so completely.
    2.4 Part 2 Chapter 4 — The Sanction of the Victim (60% in)
  • "Miss Taggart, Miss Taggart," said the chairman in a tone of pleading reproach, "there shouldn't be any hard feelings among us.
    2.5 Part 2 Chapter 5 — Account Overdrawn (33% in)
  • "The great businesswoman," she said, "above reproach and feminine weaknesses.
    2.5 Part 2 Chapter 5 — Account Overdrawn (90% in)
  • The family's diplomas had always hung on the wall in the manner of a reproach to the world, because the diplomas had not automatically produced the material equivalents of their attested spiritual value.
    2.6 Part 2 Chapter 6 — Miracle Metal (15% in)
  • But she felt no pain from it and no reproach, only the rising fullness of her love, only the feeling that she was going to join him, not in death, but in that which had been his life.
    2.6 Part 2 Chapter 6 — Miracle Metal (65% in)
  • His mother stared at Rearden in reproachful bewilderment; she said nothing, but she kept bursting into tears in his presence, her manner suggesting that her tears were the most important aspect to consider in whatever disaster it was that she sensed approaching.
    2.6 Part 2 Chapter 6 — Miracle Metal (71% in)
  • Her voice was low, its intensity was both a surrender and a scornful reproach: "You know better than that, don't you?
    3.1 Part 3 Chapter 1 — Atlantis (99% in)
  • Whatever the justice or the evil of his course, she thought, how could they .... no! she thought, his course was just, and this was the horror of it, that there was no other course for justice to select, that she could not condemn him, that she could neither approve nor utter a word of reproach.
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (9% in)
  • He raised his eyes to hers; there was no reproach in his glance, only the knowledge of that which he had not suspected when he heard her request, but had guessed since.
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (16% in)
  • The two men were looking at her, she saw no reproach in their faces, only a look of understanding which was almost compassion.
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (67% in)
  • "If you decide to go back, it will be the last, for a long time," There was no reproach and no sadness in his voice, only some softened quality as sole evidence of emotion.
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (70% in)
  • But Galt understood; he glanced at her and the glance was part amusement, part contemptuous reproach.
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (72% in)
  • Dr. Ferris spread out his hands in a gesture of reproachful helplessness.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (24% in)
  • She took the blame, she took the beating of self reproach-against some bleakly stubborn certainty which told her that something was wrong and that the thing she felt was fear.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (22% in)
  • He seemed eager to display her in the best drawing rooms of the city, and he never uttered a word of reproach for her ignorance, for her awkwardness, for those terrible moments when a silent exchange of glances among the guests and a burst of blood to her cheekbones told her that she had said the wrong thing again.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (23% in)
  • She was supposed to be above reproach," He was staring down at her with the heavy, blind stare of impotent hatred-a hatred of which she was the sudden symbol, not the object.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (79% in)
  • ...on the afterglow of the minds of others, offering their denial of the mind as their only claim to distinction, and a craving to control the world as their only lust-she, the woman hanger-on of that elite, wearing their shopworn sneer as her answer to the universe, holding impotence as superiority and emptiness as virtue-he, unaware of their hatred, innocently scornful of their posturing fraud-she, seeing him as the danger to their world, as a threat, as a challenge, as a reproach.
    3.6 Part 3 Chapter 6 — The Concerto of Deliverance (32% in)
  • With a look of stubborn bewilderment, with the last of her effort at self-deceit, she moaned in a voice of tearfully petulant reproach, "Are you really incapable of forgiveness?"
    3.6 Part 3 Chapter 6 — The Concerto of Deliverance (36% in)
  • Then Lawson said softly, half in reproach, half in scorn, "Well, after all, you businessmen have kept predicting disasters for years, you've cried catastrophe at every progressive measure and told us that we'll perish-but we haven't."
    3.6 Part 3 Chapter 6 — The Concerto of Deliverance (62% in)
  • He heard his own answer of the past: "I supposeJames Taggart?" and Francisco's voice saying without reproach: "No, Mr. Rearden, it's not James Taggart,"-but here, in this room and this moment, his mind answered: "I am."
    3.6 Part 3 Chapter 6 — The Concerto of Deliverance (63% in)

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