[rep-ri-hen-shuh n]


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 formsrep·re·hen·sive [rep-ri-hen-siv] /ˌrɛp rɪˈhɛn sɪv/, adjectiverep·re·hen·sive·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for reprehension

Historical Examples of reprehension

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

  • 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.


    Fanny Burney

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

    Thoughts on Man

    William Godwin

  • An act like this cannot be committed and nobody be deserving of reprehension.

British Dictionary definitions for reprehension



the act or an instance of reprehending; reproof or rebuke
Derived Formsreprehensive or rare reprehensory, adjectivereprehensively, adverb
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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).

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