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[ri-prohch-fuh l] /rɪˈproʊtʃ fəl/
full of or expressing reproach or censure:
a reproachful look.
Obsolete. deserving reproach; shameful.
Origin of reproachful
1540-50; reproach + -ful
Related forms
reproachfully, adverb
reproachfulness, noun
unreproachful, adjective
unreproachfully, adverb
unreproachfulness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for reproachful
Historical Examples
  • No reproachful teacher, no truant officer threatening arrest and the Juvenile Court, ever darkened her horizon.

    Little Aliens Myra Kelly
  • He received a reproachful look from Mrs. Porter for his pains.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • Then Mrs. Anderson's face suddenly resumed its old, reproachful expression.

    The Debtor Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • He could not bear to view reflected in them, the reproachful and irrevocable Past.

  • To get away from his reproachful eyes and voice I hastily remarked: "What have you done to your shop?"

  • I thought it was our reproachful faces that he did not wish to see.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • He seemed rather pained at my remarks, and was most reproachful when I threw him out on his head.

  • Then Madonna Paola spoke, and there seemed a reproachful wonder in her voice.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • I stood it ill, thinking it hard, that she should have made choice of that reproachful parable.

    Hugh Wynne, Free Quaker S. Weir Mitchell
  • He did not speak, but he bent his eyes upon her in reproachful silence.

    Gerald Fitzgerald Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for reproachful


full of or expressing reproach
(archaic) deserving of reproach; disgraceful
Derived Forms
reproachfully, adverb
reproachfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for reproachful

1540s, "expressing reproach," also "worthy of reproach," from reproach + -ful. Related: Reproachfully; reproachfulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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