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reprehend

[rep-ri-hend] /ˌrɛp rɪˈhɛnd/
verb (used with object)
1.
to reprove or find fault with; rebuke; censure; blame.
Origin of reprehend
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English reprehenden < Latin reprehendere to hold back, restrain, equivalent to re- re- + prehendere to seize; see prehension
Related forms
reprehendable, adjective
reprehender, noun
unreprehended, adjective
Synonyms
reproach, upbraid, chide, admonish.
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Examples from the Web for reprehend
Historical Examples
  • reprehend not the imperfection of others, for that belongs to parents, masters and superiors.

    Our Deportment John H. Young
  • There may be much to grieve over, but there is nothing to reprehend—anywhere.

    Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I. Charles James Lever
  • If I reprehend anything in this world, it is the use of my oracular tongue, and a nice derangement of epitaphs!

    Familiar Quotations John Bartlett
  • Powell had even gone so far as to reprehend him for having done so.

    A Charming Fellow, Volume I (of 3) Frances Eleanor Trollope
  • To reprehend well is the most necessary and the hardest part of friendship.

    Book of Wise Sayings W. A. Clouston
  • Gentles, do not reprehend; (A big sob) If you pardon, we will mend.

    The Story of My Life Ellen Terry
  • The king Amaziah would not endure thy prophet to reprehend him, but asked him in anger, Art thou made of the king's counsel?

  • A letter of Rev. Andrew Eliot is still in existence referring to this presentation, and severely did he reprehend it.

  • In cases where a man takes the liberty after this manner to reprehend others, it is commonly said, "Let him look at home."

  • If we see a person wilfully abusing the goods of an individual, we may reprehend him, but with comparative mildness.

    Thoughts on African Colonization William Lloyd Garrison
British Dictionary definitions for reprehend

reprehend

/ˌrɛprɪˈhɛnd/
verb
1.
(transitive) to find fault with; criticize
Derived Forms
reprehendable, adjective
reprehender, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin reprehendere to hold fast, rebuke, from re- + prendere to grasp
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Word Origin and History for reprehend
v.

mid-14c., from Latin reprehendere "blame, censure, rebuke; seize, restrain," literally "pull back, hold back," from re- "back" (see re-) + prehendere "to grasp, seize" (see prehensile).

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