reprehend


rep·re·hend

verb \ˌre-pri-ˈhend\

Definition of REPREHEND

transitive verb
:  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

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