rep·​re·​hen·​sion ˌre-pri-ˈhen(t)-shən How to pronounce reprehension (audio)
: the act of reprehending : censure

Examples of reprehension in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Putin is a formidable opponent who is worthy of reprehension. Arkansas Online, 17 June 2021

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Word History


Middle English reprehensioun, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French reprehension, from Latin reprehension-, reprehensio, from reprehendere

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reprehension was in the 14th century

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“Reprehension.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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rep·​re·​hen·​sion ˌrep-ri-ˈhen-chən How to pronounce reprehension (audio)
: the act of reprehending : condemnation

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