from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The reproof of one's self; the reproof of conscience.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The act of reproving one's self; censure of one's conduct by one's own judgment.
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- noun the act of blaming yourself
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The anguish produced by this self-reproof was so strong that I put my hand suddenly to my forehead, and was obliged to allege a sudden megrim to my attendant, in apology for the action, and a slight groan with which it was accompanied.
Repentance is a kind of self-reproof for having neglected something useful; but that which is good must be something useful, and the perfect good man should look after it.
The Meditations 2004
"Bugger, " he said in self-reproof, then went to collect his rifle from Joana, but Sarah was crouching beside the wounded man in the passageway.
Sharpe's Escape Cornwell, Bernard 2003
"I hope you have made it as beautiful as Elfrida is," she cried, with sharp self-reproof.
A Daughter of To-Day Sara Jeannette Duncan
They may ask themselves, with some feeling of self-reproof, whether they should have merited such praise from one so revered, and so well qualified to judge.
Kalli, the Esquimaux Christian A Memoir Thomas Boyles Murray
Poor fellow! he never purchased a bottle of claret, within my knowledge of him; and, from such observation as could not escape me, I am bound to assert that his domestic expenses never could have occasioned him a regret or a self-reproof.
It was this view of the subject that justified, to his mind, the means which he had used -- that silenced self-reproof, when it accused him of artifice, and called him to account for the deception he had practised upon his colleagues.
Yorick protests prosaically that it was only a sparrow, yet on being assured that it was also a living being, he succumbs to vexation and self-reproof at his own failure to be true to his own higher self.
Jessamy sighed again and shook his head in self-reproof.
Peregrine's Progress Jeffery Farnol 1915
But no activities of life, not even those which are governed by the impulses of religion, are without the appearing of sin in consciousness, at least in germ, in some way -- warning, presentiment, self-reproof, regret.