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[ri-prohch-fuh l]
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  1. full of or expressing reproach or censure: a reproachful look.
  2. Obsolete. deserving reproach; shameful.
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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
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Examples from the Web for reproachful

Historical Examples

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


    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.

British Dictionary definitions for reproachful


  1. full of or expressing reproach
  2. archaic deserving of reproach; disgraceful
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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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