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Synonyms for self-reproach

the act of blaming yourself


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At the first moment, Arthur had felt pure distress and self-reproach at discovering that Adam's happiness was involved in his relation to Hetty.
In this world the penalty is less equal than could be wished; but without presuming to look forward to a juster appointment hereafter, we may fairly consider a man of sense, like Henry Crawford, to be providing for himself no small portion of vexation and regret: vexation that must rise sometimes to self-reproach, and regret to wretchedness, in having so requited hospitality, so injured family peace, so forfeited his best, most estimable, and endeared acquaintance, and so lost the woman whom he had rationally as well as passionately loved.
And just at that awkward minute down tumbled his father's old beaver over his head and face, putting a comical quencher on his self-reproaches. Of course, neither could help laughing at that; and when he emerged, Polly was sitting up, looking as much better for her shower as he did for his momentary eclipse.
Whatever they may have been, however, she may now, and hereafter doubtless WILL turn with gratitude towards her own condition, when she compares it with that of my poor Eliza, when she considers the wretched and hopeless situation of this poor girl, and pictures her to herself, with an affection for him so strong, still as strong as her own, and with a mind tormented by self-reproach, which must attend her through life.
All hard looks were pain to Maggie, but her self-reproach was too strong for resentment.
With tears of self-reproach streaming from her eyes, Rebecca flew up the hill, sure of sympathy, and hoping against hope for help of some sort.
Stung by my own sense of self-reproach, I turned with a start, and looked toward her chair by the window.
But if a new origin story were to tell us that our ideals have always been a sham (as opposed to being honoured too much in the breach) and that the whole story of America is one of unremitting oppression (as opposed to the far-too-gradual relief of oppression), then we would lose the mechanism of self-reproach by which past progress was made.
Root was furious to donate his wicket to the 26-year-old, yelling in self-reproach and thudding bat against helmet, after angling a flat offbreak to Darren Bravo at slip.
There was an element of self-reproach, in fact, at failing to consolidate after the historic century which puts him statistically ahead of national hero Crowe at the age of just 27.
Often experiencing a touch of sadness, hopelessness, worthlessness, self-doubt, self-reproach; sometimes tearfulness and low self-esteem is common.
My ring tone I Will Survive interrupted my self-reproach. It was probably the nearest psychiatric facility wanting to book me in.
Bless the corporate lawyers who represent Exxon, Koch Industries and fossil fuel giants, and help the lawyers awaken to their own sacred light, go crimson with self-reproach, and, Amazing Grace-like, turn their legal ships around to instead - just imagine - support the children who aren't, after all, begging for trips to Disneyland or smartphones or even free tuition and braces, but the most heartbreaking of all things: hope for lives worth living in whatever world we leave them.
"I have to say there are many times when I've doubted Dan, games when I've felt there was a whole world of worry on his shoulders and he played with tension and the very public agonies of self-reproach.