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[rep-ri-hen-shuh n] /ˌrɛp rɪˈhɛn ʃən/
the act of reprehending; reproof; censure.
Origin of reprehension
1325-75; Middle English < Latin reprehēnsiōn- (stem of reprehēnsiō), equivalent to reprehēns(us) (past participle of reprehendere to reprehend) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
[rep-ri-hen-siv] /ˌrɛp rɪˈhɛn sɪv/ (Show IPA),
reprehensively, adverb Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • You look at me as if you thought this reprehension were undeserved!

    Colloquies on Society Robert Southey
  • Their presumption is so notorious, that, either by disgust or alarm, it keeps off reprehension.

    Camilla Fanny Burney
  • She now opened all those floodgates of reprehension, which had been shut so long.

  • I say then, that reprehension and reprimand can scarcely ever be necessary.

    Thoughts on Man William Godwin
  • But as to the reprehension itself, it would seem to have been not on a point of doctrine at all, but of conduct.

  • It behoveth therefore such a one to be free from all cause of reprehension.

  • We are the proper subjects of reprehension, and may reasonably expect corresponding tokens of Divine displeasure.

  • The day had not yet arrived when the great were to endure the freedom of reprehension.

    Amenities of Literature Isaac Disraeli
  • He is terrible in reprehension, but mild and full of love in instruction; cheerful, but with steadfast earnestness.

  • He to whom my reprehension does not apply, will not receive it.

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


the act or an instance of reprehending; reproof or rebuke
Derived Forms
reprehensive, (rare) reprehensory, adjective
reprehensively, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for reprehension

late 14c., from Old French reprehension (12c.) or directly from Latin reprehensionem (nominative reprehensio) "blame, a censure, reprimand," literally "a taking again," noun of action from past participle stem of reprehendere (see reprehend).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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