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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 reproachfully
Historical Examples
  • "You've told me nothing, nothing whatever about yourself," she said reproachfully.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • It is of no use your looking at me reproachfully, Constance; I must complain.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • But she seemed to be appealing to him reproachfully, and he did not understand her.

  • “If you had only given me a hint,” suggested the girl, reproachfully.

  • "I am only repeating what we all say of you," rejoined Mr. Lavender reproachfully.

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

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • 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 shall never forgive you and I shall never forgive myself,” he said reproachfully.

    The Cat of Bubastes G. A. Henty
  • "I blundered into their hands like a blind kitten," said he, reproachfully.

  • "And you prefer accompanying her to me" said he, reproachfully.

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly Charles James Lever
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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