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[rep-ri-hend] /ˌrɛp rɪˈhɛnd/
verb (used with object)
to reprove or find fault with; rebuke; censure; blame.
Origin of reprehend
1300-50; Middle English reprehenden < Latin reprehendere to hold back, restrain, equivalent to re- re- + prehendere to seize; see prehension
Related forms
reprehendable, adjective
reprehender, noun
unreprehended, adjective
reproach, upbraid, chide, admonish. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for reprehend
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  • reprehend not the imperfection of others, for that belongs to parents, masters and superiors.

    Our Deportment John H. Young
  • There may be much to grieve over, but there is nothing to reprehend—anywhere.

    Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I. Charles James Lever
  • If I reprehend anything in this world, it is the use of my oracular tongue, and a nice derangement of epitaphs!

    Familiar Quotations John Bartlett
  • Powell had even gone so far as to reprehend him for having done so.

    A Charming Fellow, Volume I (of 3) Frances Eleanor Trollope
  • To reprehend well is the most necessary and the hardest part of friendship.

    Book of Wise Sayings W. A. Clouston
  • Gentles, do not reprehend; (A big sob) If you pardon, we will mend.

    The Story of My Life Ellen Terry
  • The king Amaziah would not endure thy prophet to reprehend him, but asked him in anger, Art thou made of the king's counsel?

  • A letter of Rev. Andrew Eliot is still in existence referring to this presentation, and severely did he reprehend it.

  • In cases where a man takes the liberty after this manner to reprehend others, it is commonly said, "Let him look at home."

  • If we see a person wilfully abusing the goods of an individual, we may reprehend him, but with comparative mildness.

    Thoughts on African Colonization William Lloyd Garrison
British Dictionary definitions for reprehend


(transitive) to find fault with; criticize
Derived Forms
reprehendable, adjective
reprehender, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin reprehendere to hold fast, rebuke, from re- + prendere to grasp
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Word Origin and History for reprehend

mid-14c., from Latin reprehendere "blame, censure, rebuke; seize, restrain," literally "pull back, hold back," from re- "back" (see re-) + prehendere "to grasp, seize" (see prehensile).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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