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Beyond criticism; faultless:‘his private life was irreproachable’
impeccable, exemplary, model, copybook, immaculate, outstanding, exceptional, admirable, meritorious, honourable, consummate, perfect, idealabove reproach, beyond reproach, blameless, faultless, flawless, guiltless, unimpeachable, unblemished, untarnished, stainless, spotless, pure, sinless, innocentsqueaky clean, whiter than white, snow whiteView synonyms
- ‘Only a resolute leader who sets an irreproachable personal example stands any chance of making headway.’
- ‘Despite himself, he was ambushed into wondering whether its plastic beams and presumptuous furnishings had played host to more than the usual irreproachable clientele on the previous evening.’
- ‘To his admirers he was a resolute, wily, irreproachable and indomitable champion of the workers' cause.’
- ‘Bureaucrats are always selfless and the motives of politicians and policymakers normally irreproachable.’
- ‘He was of a mild and cheerful temper, generous to the extent of his means, and of an inventive genius; and his conduct after marriage was irreproachable.’
- ‘His reason for so doing is clearly stated: he wishes to utilize irreproachable legal methods to enhance the credibility of the norms for which he argues.’
- ‘More than his divine powers, his glorious heritage or his incredible prowess was his unblemished, untarnished, irreproachable character.’
- ‘Any kind of civilization system has its inherent requirement of heredity and self-existence, which is irreproachable.’
- ‘A foreigner has to be irreproachable, he has to be an example, and even more at Arsenal or Liverpool.’
- ‘Most impressive among the generally irreproachable casting is Brian Stokes Mitchell in the title role.’
- ‘The level of care they gave to my mother was irreproachable, so professional and understanding.’
- ‘Entertainment can often just be a kind of narcissism where you go to identify with people who are morally irreproachable and physically beautiful.’
- ‘Funnily enough, the fact that Wright had been something of an Ordinary Joe as a player - though one with an irreproachable work ethic - was to prove his greatest strength.’
- ‘They must be loyal and irreproachable in their conduct.’
- ‘After announcing his ‘retirement’, he came back determined to attach himself only to projects of irreproachable aesthetic integrity.’
- ‘Collum, who had as of late been pathologically tardy, arrived last, his hair disheveled, but his suit in irreproachable order.’
- ‘He acknowledges the cheers of his back benches, flicks an invisible speck from his irreproachable Paul Smith sleeve and saunters off back to Downing Street.’
- ‘The cooking is really rather good and it represents irreproachable value for money.’
- ‘The applicant must have had only one illegitimate child, have ‘fallen’ under a promise of marriage, and been of previously irreproachable behavior.’
- ‘Diana and Athena can't touch her, there in the air, absolutely irreproachable.’
Mid 17th century: from French irreprochable, from in- not + reprochable (from reprocher to reproach).
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