Definition of reprehend in US English:



[with object]
  • Reprimand.

    ‘a recklessness that cannot be too severely reprehended’
    • ‘She was about to get careless and stroll on casually, but she was able to reprehend herself from doing so.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Once she had upset Sophie because Sophie was playing with her dolls and making much noise and Adele tried to reprehend her.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’.