Definition of reprehensible in US English:

reprehensible

adjective

  • Deserving censure or condemnation.

    ‘his complacency and reprehensible laxity’
    • ‘There is no doubt that individual scientists have said things that are reprehensible and that they have been wrong but that in no way undermines the scientific enterprise.’
    • ‘Equally troubling are the myths of geographical entitlement that undergird the reprehensible euphemism of ‘ethnic cleansing’.’
    • ‘Globalization processes create academically uncomfortable and sometimes politically reprehensible forms of hybrid histories, all shadowed by commodifications of various sorts.’
    • ‘I told the publisher that I thought that was totally reprehensible.’
    • ‘Plagiarism is first and foremost a moral crime - it's about deception, and it's reprehensible because the plagiarist is passing off someone else's ideas or words as his own.’
    • ‘Read my previous posts, the examples I cite as ethically or morally reprehensible business practices.’
    • ‘As a nation, we have become so desensitized to the immoral and the reprehensible that ads like these can run in not one, but at least two (that I know of) national women's magazines.’
    • ‘They are all shallow and their actions, attitudes, and values reprehensible.’
    • ‘That the tragedy and those at its center should be exploited for ratings and political gain is not just wrong - it's reprehensible.’
    • ‘I happen to view myself in a very human way, and I describe the mistakes I made and the way I acted sometimes as being pretty reprehensible.’
    • ‘It seemed a reprehensible use of one's arbitrary social status.’
    • ‘To vandalize an art work - even a bad art work, even a morally reprehensible art work - is to adopt the tactics of the enemies of culture.’
    • ‘It's a long way from either reprehensible or genius.’
    • ‘I think Oliver's actions would be entirely reprehensible were it not for the fact that Madeleine herself sometimes appears to be a willing - and possibly witting - participant in his ruse.’
    • ‘Magee argues that Wagner's anti-Semitism, though reprehensible, was not mirrored in his work, but his extenuations have the tone of a capable defense attorney pleading for us to exercise reasonable doubt.’
    • ‘Nothing in rural France is more reprehensible than a piece of cultivable ground left unattended.’
    • ‘A venial sin, in economic terms, is an expression of greed that's reprehensible enough to warrant punishment but not so serious that it significantly undercuts the country's long-term growth.’
    • ‘All this frivolity works well in supporting a movie that, by its nature, falls into university cliches except for the refreshing fact that its characters are more reprehensible than usual.’
    • ‘But his behavior toward his son is often reprehensible.’
    • ‘The kind of Family of Man photography that promotes an upbeat ‘love conquers all’ sentimentality Sontag finds morally reprehensible in its naivety.’
    deplorable, disgraceful, discreditable, disreputable, despicable, blameworthy, culpable, wrong, bad, shameful, dishonourable, ignoble, erring, errant, objectionable, odious, opprobrious, repugnant, inexcusable, unpardonable, unforgivable, insufferable, indefensible, unjustifiable, regrettable, unacceptable, unworthy, remiss
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Origin

Late Middle English: from late Latin reprehensibilis, from reprehens- ‘rebuked’, from the verb reprehendere (see reprehend).

Pronunciation

reprehensible

/ˌreprəˈhensəb(ə)l//ˌrɛprəˈhɛnsəb(ə)l/