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

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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 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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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She had reproached him for being hurried into irrevocable trespass,--she, who had been so weak herself.
In the early '60s, when performance-trickster Piero Manzoni issued certificates designating authentic aesthetic achievement, Marcel Broodthaers received top honors-- though the Belgian reported that his fellow countryman and sometime inspiration Rene Magritte reproached him for being "more sociologist than artist." Marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of Broodthaers's death, this exhibition will present an array of texts, objects, paintings, photographs, installations, and films by the slyly poetic Conceptualist.
Socialists reproached him for not purging communists.
It comes as no surprise, given his lack of academic training and his decisively pragmatic biases, that Continental philosophy is a somewhat muddled area for him, even though Homemade Esthetics demonstrates that Greenberg has read Kant's Critique of Judgment more attentively than most of those who have reproached him for his alleged Kantianism.