reproach


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Related to reproach: beyond reproach, above reproach

above reproach

So perfect as to avoid criticism. His performance has been above reproach. I cannot think of a single reason he shouldn't be promoted. Just because you get good grades doesn't mean you're above reproach.
See also: above, reproach

beyond reproach

Perfect; unable to be criticized. I have to scold some of my employees regularly, but Tom's behavior is beyond reproach.
See also: beyond, reproach

reproach (someone or something) for (doing) (something)

To scold, criticize, or express disappointment in or disapproval of someone, oneself, or some group or organization for some action, error, or wrongdoing. It filled me with guilt the way my mother reproached me for failing my exam. The federal court reproached the banks for their part in plunging the economy into recession, but stopped short of actually imposing any punishment or penalty. He reproached himself for saying such foolish things on his date.
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reproach (someone or something) with (something)

To accuse someone, oneself, or some group or organization of something; to blame someone, oneself, or some group for something. My mother reproached me with laziness after I failed to get top marks on my exam. He didn't speak to the woman in the end and later reproached himself with cowardice. The federal court formally reproached the banks with plunging the economy into recession,.
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above reproach

not deserving of blame or criticism. Some politicians behave as though they are above reproach.
See also: above, reproach

reproach someone for something

to rebuke or censure someone for something. She reproached ferry for gambling away all their money. She reproached herself mercilessly for her failure.
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reproach someone with something

to rebuke someone with reference to something. I wish you wouldn't continue to reproach me with things that happened long ago. She was reproached with something out of the past.
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beyond reproach

Blameless, faultless, as in Jean's conduct at school is beyond reproach. The phrase employs the verb to reproach in the sense of "censure or rebuke," a usage dating from the early 1500s.
See also: beyond, reproach
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In the reproach phase, the victim seeks an explanation for the transgression.
And what an ongoing reproach it would be to France--what a message to the whole world
Responsibility implies that something is my fault-always a tiresome thing, especially for a politician, since it invites voters' recrimination and reproach.
Simply put, few people are above reproach and no one should be placed on a pedestal.
You can do what you love, but you also must be ready to handle the reproach that may come your way.
They were judged not as a labour force, nor even as individual offenders, but as a reproach to their sex.
It really kills me when people reproach us with that.
blason French, from Middle French, eulogy, reproach, literally, coat of arms
And Beyond Reproach is a concept, not a physical location.
POODLES I love dogs - they are man's best friend, Their loyalty is beyond reproach, They are there for us through thick and thin, Keeping us company both out of doors and in.
Let's hope Brand's resignation and Ross's suspension from the BBC act as a warning to all those other overpaid celebrities who think they are beyond reproach.
There's absolutely nothing I need to reproach my players or the football club for.
Such rules are there for a reason, and should always be followed to ensure nurses are beyond reproach.
We need to seriously explore all options to make sure this process of drawing district lines is nonpartisan and beyond reproach.