[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

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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 reprehensive

1580s, from Latin stem of reprehend + -ive, perhaps on model of comprehensive.



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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