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reproach

verb [T] uk   /rɪˈprəʊtʃ/ us    /-ˈproʊtʃ/
C2 to criticize someone, especially for not being successful or not doing what is expected: His mother reproached him for not eating all his dinner. You have nothing to reproach yourself for/with.

reproach

noun [C or U] uk   /rɪˈprəʊtʃ/ us    /-ˈproʊtʃ/
C2 something that you say or do to criticize someone, especially for not being successful or for not doing what is expected: The look of reproach on his face made her feel guilty. Your reproaches are useless - what's done is done.
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