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reprehend

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verb rep·re·hend \ˌre-pri-ˈhend\

Definition of reprehend

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to voice disapproval of :  censure



Examples of reprehend

  1. <that denomination reprehends murder in any form, contending that the taking of life is never justified>

  2. <without exception, book reviewers reprehended the novel's tired plot>



Origin of reprehend

Middle English, from Latin reprehendere, literally, to hold back, from re- + prehendere to grasp — more at get


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of reprehend

criticize, reprehend, censure, reprobate, condemn, denounce mean to find fault with openly. criticize implies finding fault especially with methods or policies or intentions <criticized the police for using violence>. reprehend implies both criticism and severe rebuking <reprehends the self-centeredness of today's students>. censure carries a strong suggestion of authority and of reprimanding <a Senator formally censured by his peers>. reprobate implies strong disapproval or firm refusal to sanction <reprobated his son's unconventional lifestyle>. condemn usually suggests an unqualified and final unfavorable judgment <condemned the government's racial policies>. denounce adds to condemn the implication of a public declaration <a pastoral letter denouncing abortion>.


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