rep·​re·​hend | \ ˌre-pri-ˈhend How to pronounce reprehend (audio) \
reprehended; reprehending; reprehends

Definition of reprehend

transitive verb

: to voice disapproval of : censure

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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

Examples of reprehend in a Sentence

that denomination reprehends murder in any form, contending that the taking of life is never justified without exception, book reviewers reprehended the novel's tired plot

First Known Use of reprehend

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for reprehend

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

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“Reprehend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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