Re·proach v. t. [imp. & p. p. Reproached p. pr. & vb. n. Reproaching.]
1. To come back to, or come home to, as a matter of blame; to bring shame or disgrace upon; to disgrace. [Obs.]
I thought your marriage fit; else imputation,
For that he knew you, might reproach your life. --Shak.
2. To attribute blame to; to allege something disgraceful against; to charge with a fault; to censure severely or contemptuously; to upbraid.
If ye be reproached for the name of Christ. --1 Peter iv. 14.
That this newcomer, Shame,
There sit not, and reproach us as unclean. --Milton.
Mezentius . . . with his ardor warmed
His fainting friends, reproached their shameful flight.
Repelled the victors. --Dryden.
Syn: -- To upbraid; censure; blame; chide; rebuke; condemn; revile; vilify.
1. The act of reproaching; censure mingled with contempt; contumelious or opprobrious language toward any person; abusive reflections; as, severe reproach.
No reproaches even, even when pointed and barbed with the sharpest wit, appeared to give him pain. --Macaulay.
Give not thine heritage to reproach. --Joel ii. 17.
2. A cause of blame or censure; shame; disgrace.
3. An object of blame, censure, scorn, or derision.
Come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach. --Neh. ii. 17.
Syn: -- Disrepute; discredit; dishonor; opprobrium; invective; contumely; reviling; abuse; vilification; scurrility; insolence; insult; scorn; contempt; ignominy; shame; scandal;; disgrace; infamy.
n 1: a mild rebuke or criticism; "words of reproach"
2: disgrace or shame; "he brought reproach upon his family"
v : express criticism towards; "The president reproached the
general for his irresponsible behavior" [syn: upbraid]