[ rep-ri-hen-shuh n ]
/ ˌrɛp rɪˈhɛn ʃən /


the act of reprehending; reproof; censure.

Nearby words

  1. repplier,
  2. repplier, agnes,
  3. repr.,
  4. reprehend,
  5. reprehensible,
  6. reprehensive,
  7. reprehensively,
  8. represent,
  9. representation,
  10. representational

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

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British Dictionary definitions for reprehension


/ (ˌrɛprɪˈhɛnʃən) /


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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