Definition of self-reproach in US English:



  • Reproach or blame directed at oneself.

    ‘the bitter tears of self-reproach’
    • ‘Moreover, murderers are of all criminals the most prone to genuine remorse and self-reproach.’
    • ‘Her reaction is a source of self-reproach to this day.’
    • ‘The biblical texts are full of suffering and self-reproach and the intensity of these responsores may well amaze you.’
    • ‘He isn't happy to find himself outside his native realm, speaking a foreign language, but his homesick longing takes the form of self-reproach.’
    • ‘Crane refused to face him, sliding down into self-reproach.’
    • ‘Some develop a major depression with self-reproach and survivor guilt.’
    • ‘Marked self-reproach, early morning waking, and weight loss were not seen in this type of patient.’
    • ‘It may even be that not a little of this effect is due to the writer's enabling us thenceforward to enjoy our own day-dreams without self-reproach or shame.’
    • ‘Moreover, if blame in general is irrational, so must be self-blame or self-reproach, unless this comes simply to resolving to do better next time.’
    • ‘All the voices of self-reproach start talking at once and I'll never do anything right.’
    • ‘Her sense of ‘regret, self-reproach and resentment’ is further intensified when she reads a newspaper report of the magnificent wedding of her former suitor.’
    • ‘By apologizing and taking responsibility for our actions we help rid ourselves of esteem-robbing self-reproach and guilt.’
    • ‘The answer, again, comes in the theory of masochistic self-reproach sparked by the perpetual process of mourning an irreconcilable loss.’
    • ‘In the rare moments when the self-reproach would ease up, grief or dejection would engulf him.’
    • ‘It may have looked harmless enough, but Jenny knew what it stood for - guilt and self-reproach.’
    • ‘She looked into his face, and guilt and self-reproach dissolved, along with the memory of another face, other eyes, ones that haunted and weighed her down with unresolvable pain.’
    scruples, misgivings, qualms, worries, unease, uneasiness, hesitation, hesitancy, doubts, reluctance, reservations
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/ˈˌself rəˈprōCH/