V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
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.
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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