• (British) IPA: /ɹɪˈpɹəʊtʃ/
  • (America) IPA: /ɹɪˈpɹoʊtʃ/


  1. A mild rebuke, or an implied criticism.
  2. Disgrace or shame.
  3. (countable) An object of scorn.
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reproach (reproaches, present participle reproaching; past and past participle reproached)

  1. (transitive) To criticize or rebuke (someone).
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, 1 Peter 4:14 ↗:
      if ye be reproached for the name of Christ
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 8”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      this new commer, Shame,
      There sit not, and reproach us as unclean.
    • Mezentius […] with his ardour warmed / His fainting friends, reproached their shameful flight, / Repelled the victors.
  2. (transitive) To disgrace, or bring shame upon.
    • c. 1603–1604, William Shakespeare, “Measvre for Measure”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene i]:
      I thought your marriage fit; else imputation, / For that he knew you, might reproach your life.
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