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

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

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Reprehensible, blameworthy, blamable, guilty, and culpable mean deserving reproach or punishment. Reprehensible is a strong word describing behavior that should evoke severe criticism. Blameworthy and blamable apply to any kind of act, practice, or condition considered to be wrong in any degree ("conduct adjudged blameworthy"; "an accident for which no one is blamable"). Guilty implies responsibility for or consciousness of crime, sin, or, at the least, grave error or misdoing ("guilty of a breach of etiquette"). Culpable is weaker than guilty and is likely to connote malfeasance or errors of ignorance, omission, or negligence ("culpable neglect").

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 In short, industry-wide practices and disclosures are so reprehensible that candid awful disclosures by scammers—hucksters focused exclusively upon abusing clients—can be indistinguishable from industry norms. Edward Siedle, Forbes, 2 Jan. 2022 Worse, the abduction is kind of reprehensible, or the sight of dozens of terrified children is. Mark Feeney,, 5 July 2022 Despite being morally reprehensible, spurgling is not a criminal act under Australian law or any other jurisdiction. Zoe Beaty,, 31 Jan. 2022 Brilliantly, Atlanta presented a physical location where all the people canceled by society could have a jolly good time without being judged for their reprehensible behavior. Keith Nelson, Men's Health, 6 May 2022 Former President Donald Trump giving JD Vance his stamp of approval for Ohio Senate primary on May 3rd, backing the candidate who once called him reprehensible and an idiot. ABC News, 24 Apr. 2022 Though Tony Soprano frequently engages in criminal or otherwise reprehensible behavior, the series famously leaves open the question of his own final comeuppance. Colin Marshall, The New Yorker, 14 Apr. 2022 The Wahhabis have, historically, treated these visits as un-Islamic and reprehensible. Graeme Wood, The Atlantic, 3 Mar. 2022 That’s reprehensible on more levels than Valieva has quadruple jumps in her repertoire. Los Angeles Times, 14 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of reprehensible

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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: deserving strong criticism reprehensible acts

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