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 Dictionary entry overview: What does reproach mean? 

  The noun REPROACH has 2 senses:

1. a mild rebuke or criticism
2. disgrace or shame

  Familiarity information: REPROACH used as a noun is rare.

  The verb REPROACH has 1 sense:

1. express criticism towards

  Familiarity information: REPROACH used as a verb is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1reproach [BACK TO TOP]


A mild rebuke or criticism

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

words of reproach

Hypernyms ("reproach" is a kind of...):

rebuke; reprehension; reprimand; reproof; reproval (an act or expression of criticism and censure)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "reproach"):

self-reproach; self-reproof (the act of blaming yourself)

blame; rap (a reproach for some lapse or misdeed)

Sense 2reproach [BACK TO TOP]


Disgrace or shame

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context example:

he brought reproach upon his family

Hypernyms ("reproach" is a kind of...):

disgrace; ignominy; shame (a state of dishonor)


Sense 1reproach [BACK TO TOP]


Express criticism towards

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing


reproach; upbraid

Context example:

The president reproached the general for his irresponsible behavior

Hypernyms (to "reproach" is one way to...):

accuse; criminate; impeach; incriminate (bring an accusation against; level a charge against)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody

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