Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Expressing reproach or blame.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Expressing or containing reproach; upbraiding; opprobrious; abusive.
  • adj. Occasioning or deserving reproach; shameful; base; as, a reproachful life.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Expressing or containing reproach; upbraiding; opprobrious; abusive.
  • adj. Occasioning or deserving reproach; shameful; base.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Containing or expressing reproach or censure; upbraiding.
  • Scurrilous; opprobrious.
  • Worthy or deserving of, or receiving, reproach; shameful: as, reproachful conduct.
  • Synonyms Rebuking, censuring, upbraiding, censorious, contemptuous, contumelious, abusive.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. expressing reproof or reproach especially as a corrective

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Examples

  • "So," said my grandmother to my grandfather, in reproachful tones, "you 've gone and shut the calf up from its mother."

    Oldtown Folks

  • I guess it was the kind of look you would call reproachful.

    When Lightning Strikes

  • For what thou callest bitter and reproachful, that is my portion, if I cause thee to be slain who hast shared my toils.

    The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I.

  • "I wouldn't do this for anybody but you, Cap'n," he vouchsafed, in what might be called a reproachful shout.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards

  • There she took a seat, and with a glance that might almost be termed reproachful, she commenced a low Indian song to her infant.

    The Wept of Wish-Ton-Wish

  • I do love how he looks kind of reproachful and humiliated in that first picture .

    » Leashing the Baby Strocel.com

  • Suddenly I understood that all the others were looking at me in a kind of reproachful astonishment.

    Friendship Village

  • And Twitt drew himself up with a kind of reproachful dignity -- "Now, old David, don't go for to say as _you_ don't think so too?"

    The Treasure of Heaven A Romance of Riches

  • "Who-are-you-shagging?" type question is a kind of reproachful look.

    AustralianIT.com.au | Top Stories

  • Remember that, when the time of trial comes -- and it seems a hard and cruel thing that you should be called reproachful names by men, and all for what was no fault of yours -- remember God's pity and God's justice; and though my sin shall have made you an outcast in the world -- oh, my child, my child! "

    Ruth

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