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Reproachful

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Reproa'chful. adj. [from reproach.]

  1. Scurrilous; opprobrious.

    O monstrous! what reproachful words are these. Shakesp.

                    I have sheath'd
    My rapier in his bosom, and withal
    Thrust these reproachful speeches down his throat.
    Shakesp.

    An advocate may be punished for reproachful language, in respect of the parties in suit. Ayliffe's Parergon.

  2. Shameful; infamous; vile.

    To make religion a stratagem to undermine government, is contrary to this superstructure, most scandalous and reproachful to christianity. Hammond's Fundamentals.

                    Thy punishment
    He shall endure, by coming in the flesh
    To a reproachful life and cursed death.
    Milton's Par. Lost.

Sources: Ayliffe, John (43) · Hammond, Henry (47) · Milton, John (449) · Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus (16)

Attributes: Adjective (426)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Reproachful." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: February 8, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=17319.


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