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[ri-prohch-fuh l]
  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 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

British Dictionary definitions for reproachfully


  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 reproachfully



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

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