Definition of reprehend in English:



  • Reprimand.

    ‘a recklessness that cannot be too severely reprehended’
    • ‘I knew my posture had been less than perfect and knowing I had not left with the others I feared he wished to reprehend me.’
    • ‘Aye used to reprehend him to use his right hand when he was a little boy, but he wasn't very successful and the king always had his way.’
    • ‘Sympathies are continually reshuffled, and you end up questioning all values in the play - the ones Baitz seems to uphold and the ones he appears to reprehend.’
    • ‘My intent is not to lecture or reprehend - surely, I have my vices and my insalubrious addictions.’
    • ‘Tolstoy particularly reprehended the widely held view of Dostoyevsky as a ‘prophet and saint,’ someone immersed in the conflict between Good and Evil.’
    • ‘She was about to get careless and stroll on casually, but she was able to reprehend herself from doing so.’
    • ‘Once she had upset Sophie because Sophie was playing with her dolls and making much noise and Adele tried to reprehend her.’
    criticize, censure, condemn, castigate, chastise, lambaste, pillory, savage, find fault with, fulminate against, abuse
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Middle English: from Latin reprehendere ‘seize, check, rebuke’, from re- (expressing intensive force) + prehendere ‘seize’.