Definition of reprehensible in English:

reprehensible

adjective

  • Deserving censure or condemnation.

    ‘his complacency and reprehensible laxity’
    • ‘They are all shallow and their actions, attitudes, and values reprehensible.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It seemed a reprehensible use of one's arbitrary social status.’
    • ‘Globalization processes create academically uncomfortable and sometimes politically reprehensible forms of hybrid histories, all shadowed by commodifications of various sorts.’
    • ‘Equally troubling are the myths of geographical entitlement that undergird the reprehensible euphemism of ‘ethnic cleansing’.’
    • ‘It's a long way from either reprehensible or genius.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The kind of Family of Man photography that promotes an upbeat ‘love conquers all’ sentimentality Sontag finds morally reprehensible in its naivety.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But his behavior toward his son is often reprehensible.’
    • ‘Read my previous posts, the examples I cite as ethically or morally reprehensible business practices.’
    • ‘Nothing in rural France is more reprehensible than a piece of cultivable ground left unattended.’
    • ‘I told the publisher that I thought that was totally reprehensible.’
    • ‘That the tragedy and those at its center should be exploited for ratings and political gain is not just wrong - it's reprehensible.’
    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

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