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verb (used with object)
  1. to reprove or find fault with; rebuke; censure; blame.
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Origin of reprehend

1300–50; Middle English reprehenden < Latin reprehendere to hold back, restrain, equivalent to re- re- + prehendere to seize; see prehension
Related formsrep·re·hend·a·ble, adjectiverep·re·hend·er, nounun·rep·re·hend·ed, adjective

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Related Words for reprehend

criticize, scold, denounce, chide, berate, admonish, censure, rebuke, reprimand, reprove

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Historical Examples of reprehend

  • There may be much to grieve over, but there is nothing to reprehend—anywhere.

    Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I.

    Charles James Lever

  • To reprehend well is the most necessary and the hardest part of friendship.

    Book of Wise Sayings

    W. A. Clouston

  • Powell had even gone so far as to reprehend him for having done so.

    A Charming Fellow, Volume I (of 3)

    Frances Eleanor Trollope

  • Gentles, do not reprehend; (A big sob) If you pardon, we will mend.

  • Therefore I reprehend myself, and do penance in dust and ashes.

British Dictionary definitions for reprehend


  1. (tr) to find fault with; criticize
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Derived Formsreprehendable, adjectivereprehender, noun

Word Origin for reprehend

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).

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