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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
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  • No reproachful teacher, no truant officer threatening arrest and the Juvenile Court, ever darkened her horizon.

    Little Aliens Myra Kelly
  • "Nor care, neither, I s'pose," he said in reproachful accents.

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
  • Then Mrs. Anderson's face suddenly resumed its old, reproachful expression.

    The Debtor Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • Roberts winced and turned a reproachful look upon his officer.

    Hunting the Skipper George Manville Fenn
  • To get away from his reproachful eyes and voice I hastily remarked: "What have you done to your shop?"

  • For that fond purpose, she was curt with her maid, and reproachful with herself.

    Making People Happy Thompson Buchanan
  • He seemed rather pained at my remarks, and was most reproachful when I threw him out on his head.

  • I opened my mouth to utter a torrent of reproachful words, when—what was it?

    The Return Of The Soul Robert S. Hichens
  • I stood it ill, thinking it hard, that she should have made choice of that reproachful parable.

    Hugh Wynne, Free Quaker S. Weir Mitchell
  • “It was all your doing,” she said to him in a reproachful tone.

    Won from the Waves W.H.G. Kingston
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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