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reprehension

[rep-ri-hen-shuh n] /ˌrɛp rɪˈhɛn ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of reprehending; reproof; censure.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Latin reprehēnsiōn- (stem of reprehēnsiō), equivalent to reprehēns(us) (past participle of reprehendere to reprehend) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
reprehensive
[rep-ri-hen-siv] /ˌrɛp rɪˈhɛn sɪv/ (Show IPA),
adjective
reprehensively, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for reprehensive

reprehension

/ˌrɛprɪˈhɛnʃən/
noun
1.
the act or an instance of reprehending; reproof or rebuke
Derived Forms
reprehensive, (rare) reprehensory, adjective
reprehensively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for reprehensive
adj.

1580s, from Latin stem of reprehend + -ive, perhaps on model of comprehensive.

reprehension

n.

late 14c., from Old French reprehension (12c.) or directly from Latin reprehensionem (nominative reprehensio) "blame, a censure, reprimand," literally "a taking again," noun of action from past participle stem of reprehendere (see reprehend).

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