verb (used with object)

  1. to find fault with (a person, group, etc.); blame; censure.
  2. to upbraid.
  3. to be a cause of blame or discredit to.


  1. blame or censure conveyed in disapproval: a term of reproach.
  2. an expression of upbraiding, censure, or reproof.
  3. disgrace, discredit, or blame incurred: to bring reproach on one’s family.
  4. a cause or occasion of disgrace or discredit.
  5. the Reproaches. Also called Improperia. Roman Catholic Church, Anglican Church. a series of antiphons sung in church on Good Friday, consisting of words addressed by Christ to His people, reminding them of His mercies and of their ingratitude.
  6. an object of scorn or contempt.

verb (tr)

  1. to impute blame to (a person) for an action or fault; rebuke
  2. archaic to bring disgrace or shame upon


  1. the act of reproaching
  2. rebuke or censure; reproofwords of reproach
  3. disgrace or shameto bring reproach upon one’s family
  4. something that causes or merits blame, rebuke, or disgrace
  5. above reproach or beyond reproach perfect; beyond criticism

mid-14c., “a rebuke, blame, censure;” also “object of scorn or contempt;” c.1400, as “disgrace, state of disgrace,” from Old French reproche “blame, shame, disgrace” (12c.), from reprochier “to blame, bring up against,” said by some French etymologists to be from Vulgar Latin *repropiare, from Latin re- “opposite of” + prope “near” (see propinquity), with suggestions of “bring near to” as in modern “get in (someone’s) face.” But others would have it from *reprobicare, from Latin reprobus/reprobare (see reprobate (adj.)).


mid-14c., reprochen “to rebuke, reproach,” from Anglo-French repruchier, Old French reprochier “upbraid, blame, accuse, speak ill of,” from reproche (see reproach (n.)). Related: Reproached; reproaching.

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