December 15, 2017
reproach (verb)
\rih-PROHCH\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to find fault with : blame
How do you use it?
"Mr. Popper had smoothed down his hair and shaved off his whiskers. Never again would Mrs. Popper have to reproach him for looking as wild as a lion." (Richard and Florence Atwater, _Mr. Popper's Penguins_)
Are you a word wiz?

"Reproach" doesn't have many English cousins, but it has a few. Which set of words come from the same root word as "reproach"?

No need to reproach yourself even if you didn't choose A. "Reproach," "approach," and "approximate" are all related through the Latin root "prope," meaning "near." The family connection is clear between "approach," which comes from a Latin verb descended from "prope" that means "to come or draw near," and "approximate," which comes from another Latin verb descended from "prope" that also means "to come near." But what about "reproach"? Linguists believe that a Latin verb meaning "to bring near" and "to show" gave us "reproach." When you reproach someone, you are trying to show him or her the correct way of doing something.
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