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reproach

verb, noun

Definition: (v.) to express disapproval of and criticize someone, especially for not being successful at doing what was expected; (n.) a mild criticism or disapproval

Synonyms: (v.) blame, criticize, rebuke, reprehend, reprimand, reprove, (n.) disapproval, criticism, insult, shame, disgrace, blame

Antonyms: praise, commend

Tips: A reproach is a more mild criticism than censure. The related word irreproachable is used to display exemplarily behavior that is beyond reproach. A common usage of reproach is to describe a person as "beyond reproach." Here, reproach is really a more sophisticated way of saying "criticism." Self-reproach is censure by one's own conscious. Reproach can also be used to denote shame or disgrace.

Usage Examples:

John's immediate supervisor should reproach him for taking too many breaks. (rebuke, reprehend) verb

I think he did the right thing, and his actions are beyond reproach. (condemnation, blame) noun

Joe brought reproach upon himself when he cheated on the exam. (shame, disgrace) noun

I reproached him for his bad manners. (reprimanded, reproved) verb


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