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


the act of reprehending; reproof; censure.


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Origin of reprehension

1325–75; Middle English < Latin reprehēnsiōn- (stem of reprehēnsiō), equivalent to reprehēns(us) (past participle of reprehendere to reprehend) + -iōn- -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM reprehension

rep·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. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for reprehensive

/ (ˌrɛprɪˈhɛnʃən) /


the act or an instance of reprehending; reproof or rebuke

Derived forms of reprehension

reprehensive or rare reprehensory, adjectivereprehensively, adverb
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