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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Dangling such harsh charges over a child’s head, even to extract a plea deal, is reprehensible and should not be lawful. Dahleen Glanton,, "Column: A kid charged with his friend’s murder during a botched burglary in 2008 got a second chance. The teens charged in Lake County deserve one too.," 26 Aug. 2019 Like our vacuous and reprehensible president, Gardner is not fit to represent the citizens of Colorado. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: How are deportations a problem now and not under Obama? (7/18/19)," 18 July 2019 Nevertheless, FDR’s and Churchill’s willingness to meet with and form a semblance of a personal relationship with the reprehensible Soviet strongman was a necessary evil to advance the Anglo-American objective of taking Berlin and liberating Europe. Justin D. Shapiro, National Review, "In Defense of Diplomacy with Despots, from 1776 to Today," 2 July 2019 This was a reprehensible attempt by someone to box in the President. Ryu Spaeth, The New Republic, "The Meaning of Trump’s Historic North Korean Jaunt, in One Image," 2 July 2019 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

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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) \

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: deserving strong criticism reprehensible acts

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