deserving of reproof, rebuke, or censure; blameworthy.

Origin of reprehensible

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin reprehēnsibilis, equivalent to Latin reprehēns(us) (past participle of reprehendere to reprehend) + -ibilis -ible
Related formsrep·re·hen·si·bil·i·ty, rep·re·hen·si·ble·ness, nounrep·re·hen·si·bly, adverbnon·rep·re·hen·si·bil·i·ty, nounnon·rep·re·hen·si·ble, adjectivenon·rep·re·hen·si·ble·ness, nounnon·rep·re·hen·si·bly, adverbun·rep·re·hen·si·ble, adjectiveun·rep·re·hen·si·ble·ness, nounun·rep·re·hen·si·bly, adverb

Synonyms for reprehensible

Antonyms for reprehensible Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for reprehensible

Contemporary Examples of reprehensible

Historical Examples of reprehensible

  • A demon addicted to the reprehensible habit of devouring the dead.

  • Worse than all was the reprehensible conduct of Sir Theophilus Parker.

    Audrey Craven

    May Sinclair

  • Does your law, then, not consider him reprehensible in that desire?

    Another Sheaf

    John Galsworthy

  • Reprehensible as it was he did not want anything to disturb it.

    The Rescue

    Joseph Conrad

  • He has adopted a tone and manners which I can hardly but describe as reprehensible.

    The Nabob

    Alphonse Daudet

British Dictionary definitions for reprehensible



open to criticism or rebuke; blameworthy
Derived Formsreprehensibility or reprehensibleness, nounreprehensibly, adverb

Word Origin for reprehensible

C14: from Late Latin reprehensibilis, from Latin reprehendere to hold back, reprove; see reprehend
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Word Origin and History for reprehensible

late 14c., from Old French reprehensible (14c.) or directly from Late Latin reprehensibilis, from reprehens-, past participle stem of Latin reprehendere (see reprehend). Related: Reprehensibly; reprehensibility.

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