rep·​re·​hen·​si·​ble | \ ˌre-pri-ˈhen(t)-sə-bəl How to pronounce reprehensible (audio) \

Definition of reprehensible

: worthy of or deserving reprehension : culpable

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Other Words from reprehensible

reprehensibility \ ˌre-​pri-​ˌhen(t)-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce reprehensibility (audio) \ noun
reprehensibleness \ ˌre-​pri-​ˈhen(t)-​sə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce reprehensibleness (audio) \ noun
reprehensibly \ ˌre-​pri-​ˈhen(t)-​sə-​blē How to pronounce reprehensibly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of reprehensible in a Sentence

a reprehensible tyrant, who oppressed his country for decades, has finally been brought to justice your behavior towards the other team was truly reprehensible, so you're being suspended from the next three games

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The message sent in a campaign ad from a congressional candidate from Virginia is nothing short of reprehensible. Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post, "Democratic House candidate compares Trump to Osama bin Laden. White House calls it ‘reprehensible’," 31 May 2018 China largely has avoided consequences for this reprehensible behavior. Marco Rubio, WSJ, "China’s Campaign Against Muslim Minorities," 9 Aug. 2018 The callous unilateral policy toward people such as Diana and Luis is not only reprehensible but also antithetical to our nation’s values. Allison Bond, STAT, "We can’t ignore the scars of those seeking asylum for domestic abuse and gang violence," 29 June 2018 But the people who cheered his reprehensible actions sure do. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "The Capital Gazette is publishing on Friday. Damn straight it is," 28 June 2018 The actions of this individual, if true, are both inexcusable and reprehensible. César G. Rodriguez, San Antonio Express-News, "Border Patrol supervisor faces capital murder charges," 10 Apr. 2018 Banning the speech of reprehensible figures can result in filling their coffers. Mari Uyehara, GQ, "How Free Speech Warriors Mainstreamed White Supremacists," 8 May 2018 The circumstances surrounding the incident and the outcome in our store on Thursday were reprehensible. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "Philadelphia Starbucks Manager Who Called Police on 2 Black Men Decides to Leave Company in ‘Mutual’ Decision: Report," 16 Apr. 2018 Well before the epic hypocrisy and myriad accusations of his reprehensible behavior toward women become widely known, Mr. Cosby was on the outs with conventional black thought leaders. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "Bill Cosby Couldn’t Pull the Race Card—Unlike O.J. Simpson," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of reprehensible

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of reprehensible

formal : very bad : deserving very strong criticism


rep·​re·​hen·​si·​ble | \ ˌre-pri-ˈhen-sə-bəl How to pronounce reprehensible (audio) \

Kids Definition of reprehensible

: deserving strong criticism reprehensible acts

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