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[rep-ri-hen-shuh n]
  1. 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
Related formsrep·re·hen·sive [rep-ri-hen-siv] /ˌrɛp rɪˈhɛn sɪv/, adjectiverep·re·hen·sive·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples of reprehensive

  • They marched in good order, not turning to the right or left to plunder, and doing no reprehensive action.

    The Trail-Hunter

    Gustave Aimard

  • But the fact remains that office brokerage is here held in reprehensive scorn and professional office-seeking in contempt.

  • Hence, it sent Bering one message after the other reprehensive of his course.

  • There are, indeed, mannerists enough; and we mean not here to use the word in its reprehensive sense but they stand more alone.

  • It almost surprised me into talking seriously, a reprehensive habit I never allow myself.

    A Thoughtless Yes

    Helen H. Gardener

British Dictionary definitions for reprehensive


  1. the act or an instance of reprehending; reproof or rebuke
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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.

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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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