[ 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 formsrep·re·hend·a·ble, adjectiverep·re·hend·er, nounun·rep·re·hend·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for reprehend


/ (ˌrɛprɪˈhɛnd) /


(tr) to find fault with; criticize
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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