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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
First recorded in 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
  • He received a reproachful look from Mrs. Porter for his pains.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • He could not bear to view reflected in them, the reproachful and irrevocable Past.

  • She attempted a reproachful glance, but exhaled happiness like a fragrance.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • I thought it was our reproachful faces that he did not wish to see.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • Again the reproachful look, which faded away as she met his eyes.

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

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • He did not speak, but he bent his eyes upon her in reproachful silence.

    Gerald Fitzgerald Charles James Lever
  • David gave her a reproachful look, and she laughed shamefacedly.

    David Dunne

    Belle Kanaris Maniates
  • Here I met Mr. Kurtz,' he said, youthfully solemn and reproachful.

    Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
  • But the youthful nobleman only looked at me long with a sad and reproachful gaze.

    The O'Ruddy Stephen Crane
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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