AskDefine | Define reproach

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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]

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mild rebuke, or an implied criticism
disgrace or shame


  1. To criticize or rebuke someone.
  2. To disgrace, or bring shame upon someone.


to criticize or rebuke someone
to disgrace, or bring shame upon someone

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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