[ri-prohch-fuh l]


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 formsre·proach·ful·ly, adverbre·proach·ful·ness, nounun·re·proach·ful, adjectiveun·re·proach·ful·ly, adverbun·re·proach·ful·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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full of or expressing reproach
archaic deserving of reproach; disgraceful
Derived Formsreproachfully, adverbreproachfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for reproachful

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

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