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reproachful

[ri-prohch-fuh l]
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adjective
  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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Related Words for reproachful

offensive, insulting, rude, demanding, unflattering, sarcastic, disparaging, degrading, slanderous, defamatory, demeaning, warning, censorious, derisive, insolent, invective, libelous, opprobrious, scathing, scolding

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Historical Examples of reproachful

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for reproachful

reproachful

adjective
  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

adj.

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

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