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
Recent Examples on the Web Most people who reacted to the troubling report on Twitter believed performing the procedures without a patient's permission was reprehensible. Molly Longman,, "Lawmakers React To Report of Widespread Non-Consensual Pelvic Exams," 19 Feb. 2020 While many men whose actions were reprehensible, and sometimes criminal, were being brought down, there often was little thought to what would come next. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Louis C.K.'s sexual misconduct scandal showed #MeToo's power. Now, he returns to Phoenix," 14 Jan. 2020 Lost in Klein’s gloss is not just the staggering amount of money that has been spent turning people like me into reprehensible bogeymen, but why it has been spent. Stephen Metcalf, The New Yorker, "Ezra Klein’s “Why We’re Polarized” and the Drawbacks of Explainer Journalism," 11 Mar. 2020 During the 1991 Persian Gulf War, Mr. Mubarak considered Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait to be an act of reprehensible aggression., "Hosni Mubarak dies at 91. His autocratic rule of Egypt ended with a citizens’ revolt.," 25 Feb. 2020 What is most reprehensible about Mr. Peanut’s ignominious signoff is that many other corporate mascots really do deserve to be purged. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "If Mr. Peanut Has to Go, Why Does the Gecko Get to Live?," 31 Jan. 2020 The conduct displayed by one man toward Alex Bozarjian during her live coverage of Saturday’s Savannah Bridge Run was reprehensible and completely unacceptable. Helen Murphy,, "Runner Who Slapped Reporter's Backside on Live TV Arrested for Sexual Battery," 14 Dec. 2019 Kate McKinnon pops up as a reprehensible Fox colleague of Kayla’s who’s both a lesbian and (gasp) Democrat in hiding. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to Watch (and Skip) in Theaters and on Netflix This Weekend," 13 Dec. 2019 Redmond’s actions, reported by the survivors who came forward, are reprehensible and antithetical to the educational mission of Yale. Josh Kovner,, "Lawsuit says a Yale professor molested a Hamden boy 18 years before sexual assault scandal broke," 1 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of reprehensible

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Reprehensible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of reprehensible

formal : very bad : deserving very strong criticism


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: deserving strong criticism reprehensible acts

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