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REPROACH, verb transitive [Latin prox, in proximus.]

1. To censure in terms of opprobrium or contempt.

Mezentius with his ardor warm'd his fainting friends, reproach'd their shameful flight, repell'd the victors.

2. To charge with a fault in severe language.

That shame there sit not, and reproach us as unclean.

3. To upbraid; to suggest blame for any thing. A man's conscience will reproach him for a criminal, mean or unworthy action.

4. To treat with scorn or contempt. Luke 6:22.


1. Censure mingled with contempt or derision; contumelious or opprobrious language towards any person; abusive reflections; as foul-mouthed reproach

2. Shame; infamy; disgrace.

Give not thine heritage to reproach Joel 2:17. Isaiah 4:1.

3. Object of contempt, scorn or derision.

Come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we may be no more a reproach Nehemiah 2:17.

4. That which is the cause of shame or disgrace. Genesis 30:23.