Definition of reproachful in English:



  • Expressing disapproval or disappointment.

    ‘she gave him a reproachful look’
    • ‘For a moment she stood still, looking at him with reproachful fear in her wide blue eyes.’
    • ‘Inger turned reproachful blue eyes on her husband.’
    • ‘Vague, reproachful thoughts for all the remote and immediate luxury of his life passed through his mind.’
    • ‘His comments always held a reproachful tone, even when he tried to be dear.’
    • ‘Jeremy was looking at Blade in a slightly reproachful manner.’
    • ‘At times the illustrations serve as reproachful comment on the inauthenticity of Longfellow's fanciful creation.’
    • ‘The other half quaked, disturbed by the glowering lines of his face, the reproachful glare of his obsidian eyes.’
    • ‘My mother's face floated to mind, a pale reproachful moon, at her last and first visit to the asylum since my twentieth birthday.’
    • ‘While a reproachful raspberry goes to their Windows counterparts.’
    • ‘‘Yum,’ Kimberly grinned sarcastically, and was met with a reproachful look from Gabe.’
    • ‘The thin-lipped reproachful glance, the bohemian toss of the head, the casual business with the cigarette case - they are all in evidence.’
    • ‘Silently I looked up at her with a reproachful glance, trying at least for a little pity and only succeeding in finding that the spark of respect had disappeared.’
    • ‘Dema nodded his agreement and shot Alex a reproachful look as if she was breaking her promise.’
    • ‘It is on this point that the reproachful farmers differ with Ellis.’
    • ‘I asked Dad, and he turned and gave me a reproachful look.’
    • ‘She looked at him with reproachful eyes and he looked at her with disgust and anger.’
    • ‘Felldeten turned horrified eyes on her, reproachful, betrayed.’
    • ‘And when Uncle Sean met Melonie and Mike, he didn't seem the least reproachful that they were my friends.’
    • ‘But now, she grew reproachful and distant with Rhiannon, and Rhiannon knew quite well why.’
    • ‘But I knew all those words were somehow reproachful, and that Aunt Jane and Mum were probably talking about me.’
    disapproving, reproving, full of reproof, critical, censorious, disparaging, disappointed, withering, accusatory, admonitory, condemnatory, castigatory, fault-finding
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