verb (used with object)
- to find fault with (a person, group, etc.); blame; censure.
- to upbraid.
- to be a cause of blame or discredit to.
- blame or censure conveyed in disapproval: a term of reproach.
- an expression of upbraiding, censure, or reproof.
- disgrace, discredit, or blame incurred: to bring reproach on one’s family.
- a cause or occasion of disgrace or discredit.
- 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.
- an object of scorn or contempt.
- to impute blame to (a person) for an action or fault; rebuke
- archaic to bring disgrace or shame upon
- the act of reproaching
- rebuke or censure; reproofwords of reproach
- disgrace or shameto bring reproach upon one’s family
- something that causes or merits blame, rebuke, or disgrace
- 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.