reproach


reproach
[[t]rɪpro͟ʊtʃ[/t]]
reproaches, reproaching, reproached
1) VERB If you reproach someone, you say or show that you are disappointed, upset, or angry because they have done something wrong.

[V n] She is quick to reproach anyone who doesn't live up to her own high standards...

[V n for -ing/n] She had not even reproached him for breaking his promise.

2) N-VAR If you look at or speak to someone with reproach, you show or say that you are disappointed, upset, or angry because they have done something wrong.

He looked at her with reproach...

Women in public life must be beyond reproach.

3) VERB If you reproach yourself, you think with regret about something you have done wrong.

[V pron-refl] You've no reason to reproach yourself, no reason to feel shame...

[V pron-refl for -ing/n] We begin to reproach ourselves for not having been more careful.

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4) N-SING: usu N to n If you consider someone's actions or behaviour to be a reproach to a group of people, you consider them to be harmful or insulting to that group.

The shootings and bombings were `a scandal and reproach to all of us in Europe'.


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