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Reproach (verb)

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To Reproa'ch. v.a. [reprocher, Fr.]

  1. To censure in opprobrious terms, as a crime.

    Mezentius, with his ardour warm'd
    His fainting friends, reproach'd their shameful flight,
    Repell'd the victors.
    Dryden's Æneis.

    The French writers do not burden themselves too much with plot, which has been reproached to them as a fault. Dry.

  2. To charge with a fault in severe language.

    If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye. 1 Peter iv. 14.

                            That shame
    There sit not, and reproach us as unclean.
    Milton.

  1. To upbraid in general.

    These things are grievous; the upbraiding of house-room, and reproaching of the lender. Ecclus. xxix. 28.

    The very regret of being surpassed in any valuable quality, by a person of the same abilities with ourselves, will reproach our own laziness, and even shame us into imitation. Rogers.

Sources: The Bible - 1. Peter (3) · Dryden, John (788) · The Bible - Ecclesiasticus (27) · Milton, John (449) · Rogers, John (38)

Attributes: French (385) · Verb Active (289)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Reproach (verb)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: February 8, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=17317.


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