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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 reproachfully
Historical Examples
  • Mr. Jarvis (reproachfully)And I thought you were a woman of your word.

  • "You are thinking of the last occasion on which I drank with you," said Trenchard reproachfully.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • "Sister Violet, you are killing our flowers," cried the fairies, reproachfully.

  • And now when he was irritable and angry with the children, she did not even look at him reproachfully.

    The Great Hunger Johan Bojer
  • "I do not think you care for me, Adherbal," she said reproachfully as he was speaking of the probabilities of the campaign.

  • She told me kindly but reproachfully that she had thought I must be ill.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • "You are talking too fast, Orly," interposed Sandy reproachfully.

    In The Saddle Oliver Optic
  • “You should not have let yourself hear that,” said the Countess, reproachfully.

    The Bondwoman Marah Ellis Ryan
  • "I am only repeating what we all say of you," rejoined Mr. Lavender reproachfully.

    The Burning Spear John Galsworthy
  • She hesitated a moment; then she raised her head and glanced at Falconer reproachfully.

    Nell, of Shorne Mills Charles Garvice
British Dictionary definitions for reproachfully


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 reproachfully



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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