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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But Levin keeps trained on Taylor — even in the most uncomfortable, reprehensible moments of her story. Lynell George,, "‘The Queen’ was kidnapper and a grifter — but her welfare scam made her a symbol," 7 June 2019 Khashoggi’s high-profile disappearance and murder shined a spotlight on the lack of respect for human rights and freedom of speech within Saudi Arabia, and the country’s bloody, reprehensible war on Yemen that has left tens of thousands dead. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Time’s 2018 Person of the Year is Jamal Khashoggi and other “Guardians” of the truth," 11 Dec. 2018 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

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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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