One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Of the nature of or characterized by reprehension; expressing or conveying a rebuke; reproving.
2Deserving of reprehension, reprehensible.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Meredith Hanmer (1543–1604), Church of England and Church of Ireland clergyman and historian. From classical Latin reprehens-, past participial stem of reprehendere reprehend + -ive, perhaps after Middle French reprehensif (French répréhensif) that reprimands or rebukes. Compare post-classical Latin reprehensivus condemnatory. Compare earlier reprehend, reprehension, reprehensible, and also reprehensory.
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