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  1. #1

    Who can tell me the truth?

    I'm learning English these days.

    I learnt a word "reproach",and traced the word origin to learn
    that it is from latin, "re-" means again, "proach" means near.

    Well, my question is who know why the ancient thought "near
    again" means reproach ? Was there any story about it?

    No kidding. And any repply will be appreciated.
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  2. #2
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    Jun 2005
    Columbus, Ohio
    Maybe when you reproach somebody, you are getting physically near them... Maybe to beat them?

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    Oct 2004
    San Francisco, CA
    I'm not sure if there is a story behind it or not.

    The term "re" means again, its happened before, and its happening again, so at least twice. The term "approach", means to become near to a "thing", or becomes closer. I hope that helps, if it doesn't let me know
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    Unless you mean "reapproach" you are wrong.

    "Reapproach" means:

    To approach again.

    "Reproach" means:

    To express disapproval of, criticism of, or disappointment in (someone). To bring shame upon; disgrace.

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    Jun 2001
    Denver, CO
    Whilst they may share a common latin root, the meaning of this word is seemingly derived from the Old French "reproche" - "to blame, bring up against".

    Also, consider that in this case, "re" is not "again", but more true to the latin "re", which means "the opposite of", and the latin root "probare" - prove to be worthy.
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  6. #6
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    Jun 2004
    Boise, ID U.S.A.
    From Kdict:

    Reproach \Re*proach"\ (r?-pr?ch"), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
    Reproached (-pr?cht"); p. pr. & vb. n. Reproaching.] [F.
    reprocher, OF. reprochier, (assumed) LL. reproriare; L. pref.
    re- again, against, back + prope near; hence, originally, to
    bring near to, throw in one's teeth. Cf. Approach.]
    1. To come back to, or come home to, as a matter of blame; to
    bring shame or disgrace upon; to disgrace. [Obs.]
    [1913 Webster]

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    All of you are very cool !!!
    Any more?
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