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 reprehensible (audio) \ noun
reprehensibleness \ ˌre-​pri-​ˈhen(t)-​sə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce reprehensible (audio) \ noun
reprehensibly \ ˌre-​pri-​ˈhen(t)-​sə-​blē How to pronounce reprehensible (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
Recent Examples on the Web This is scientifically reprehensible, and staggeringly irresponsible, conduct. David Robert Grimes, Scientific American, "COVID Has Created a Perfect Storm for Fringe Science," 26 Apr. 2021 Just reprehensible, which makes the casting of this film so important. Shannon Carlin,, "I Care A Lot Is Full Of Very Good Actors Playing Terrible People," 20 Feb. 2021 Viewed independently, each and every one of these acts are reprehensible. Willie Flowers,, "Flowers: Howard County community needs to address ‘growing cancer’ of racism | COMMENTARY," 21 Apr. 2021 All are morally reprehensible and unacceptable for a lawmaker. Washington Post, "Gaetz backed Katie Hill over nude pics leaked without her consent. She calls claims against him ‘reprehensible.’," 6 Apr. 2021 The head of the Department of Homeland Security called the abuse of children by smugglers morally reprehensible. NBC News, "Two toddlers dropped from 14-foot border barrier into U.S., officials say," 1 Apr. 2021 For some Americans, that reprehensible goal endures. Steven P. Dinkin, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Now is the time to end our long history of anti-Asian racism," 28 Feb. 2021 Calls Trump’s behavior surrounding the Capitol attack ‘one of the most reprehensible acts’ possible. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Mitt Romney expounds on why he voted to impeach Trump, denounces those who still say election was stolen," 18 Feb. 2021 Pamela Falk and Michael Ellis’s script has the extremely delicate task of keeping the audience from hating a couple who, in order to be together, have to engage in reprehensible behavior. Anne Cohen,, "The Wedding Planner Was An Average Rom-Com — J.Lo Made It Great.," 29 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of reprehensible

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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9 May 2021

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“Reprehensible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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