reprehend

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v reprehend express strong disapproval of
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Reprehend To reprove or reprimand with a view of restraining, checking, or preventing; to make charge of fault against; to disapprove of; to chide; to blame; to censure. "Aristippus being reprehended of luxury by one that was not rich, for that he gave six crowns for a small fish.""Pardon me for reprehending thee.""In which satire human vices, ignorance, and errors . . . are severely reprehended .""I nor advise nor reprehend the choice."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • reprehend To charge with a fault; chide sharply; reprove: formerly sometimes followed by of.
    • reprehend To take exception to; speak of as a fault; censure.
    • reprehend To convict of fallacy.
    • reprehend Synonyms To blame, rebuke, reprimand, upbraid. See admonition.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Reprehend rep-rē-hend′ to blame: to reprove
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. reprehendere, reprehensum, to hold back, seize, check, blame; pref. re-, re- + prehendere, to lay hold of. See Prehensile, and cf. Reprisal.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. reprehendĕre, -hensumre-, inten., prehendĕre, to lay hold of.

Usage

In literature:

In the present case we by no means reprehend the avoidance of issues that we have described; we merely record it.
"The American Credo" by George Jean Nathan
This useless act of barbarity, which excited violent indignation among the Americans, was reprehended by the British government.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
They kindly, but strongly, reprehend the first error, and guard them by the most prudent admonitions against a repetition of their fault.
"A Description of Millenium Hall" by Sarah Scott
Judith noted the other players not at all; her hot reprehending eyes were on the girl in the blue dress.
"Judith of the Cumberlands" by Alice MacGowan
For this he was severely reprehended by the king and Wellington, and was virtually forced to resign office.
"The Political History of England - Vol XI" by George Brodrick
This we learn from an epistle of that father, in which he very severely reprehends them.
"Ebrietatis Encomium" by Boniface Oinophilus
Gregory himself reprehends the patriarch Eulogius for giving him in the superscription of his letter the title "universal Pope".
"The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI" by Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
Herein he goes beyond the bounds of knowledge, and indulges in the very dogmatism for which he reprehends the materialist.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
This is cynicism, and cannot be too strongly reprehended.
"Essays in English Literature, 1780-1860" by George Saintsbury
I will take my liberty to praise what I like, as well as they do to reprehend what they do not like.
"Calamities and Quarrels of Authors" by Isaac Disraeli
Which when I saw I reprehended them, And ask'd the mayor what meant this wilful silence?
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
It does not assume the office of reprehending or warning through a motive of bitter zeal.
"Fraternal Charity" by Rev. Father Valuy
Powell had even gone so far as to reprehend him for having done so.
"A Charming Fellow, Volume I (of 3)" by Frances Eleanor Trollope
Likewise he doth sharply reprehende all such as haue neglected their bounden dueties.
"The History of the Great and Mighty Kingdom of China and the Situation Thereof, Volume I (of 2)" by Juan Gonzalez de Mendoza
Quaecunque autem ut indigna reprehenditis, deputabuntur in filio, etc.
"The Conflict of Religions in the Early Roman Empire" by T. R. Glover
For example, the word 'governor,' as applied to a father, is to be reprehended.
"The Gentlemen's Book of Etiquette and Manual of Politeness" by Cecil B. Hartley
Bible, reading the, as part of the service, reprehended by the extremists, 117.
"The Beginners of a Nation" by Edward Eggleston
To censure, to reprehend, to chide with.
"An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language" by John Jamieson
Not that Eugene Sue would do this necessarily for Virtue's sake, but the position of moral reprehender gave him title to the role he had assumed.
"The Key to the Brontë Works" by John Malham-Dembleby
We do not reprehend this minute spirit of comparison.
"The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb" by Charles Lamb
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In poetry:

Mourning on earth, as when dark hours descend,
Wide-winged with plagues, from heaven; when hope and mirth
Wane, and no lips rebuke or reprehend
Mourning on earth.
"The Death Of Richard Wagner" by Algernon Charles Swinburne