tr.v. re·proached, re·proach·ing, re·proach·es
To express disapproval of, criticism of, or disappointment in (someone). See Synonyms at admonish.
a. An expression of blame or disapproval; a rebuke: a column that elicited many reproaches from readers.
b. Blame or disapproval: frowned in mild reproach of what was said.
2. One that stands as a rebuke or blame: "His brow commenced to sweat—a reproach to all sluggards and idlers" (Henry David Thoreau).
So good as to preclude any possibility of criticism.
[Middle English reprochen, from Old French reprochier, from Vulgar Latin *repropiāre : Latin re-, re- + Latin prope, near; see per1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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