reprehend

verb rep·re·hend \ ˌre-pri-ˈhend \

Definition of reprehend

transitive verb
:to voice disapproval of :censure

Examples of reprehend in a Sentence

  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 and Etymology of reprehend

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

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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