reprehension

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n reprehension an act or expression of criticism and censure "he had to take the rebuke with a smile on his face"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Reprehension Reproof; censure; blame; disapproval. "This Basilius took as though his mistress had given him a secret reprehension that he had not showed more gratefulness to Dorus."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n reprehension The act of reprehending; reproof; censure; blame.
    • n reprehension Synonyms Monition, etc. See admonition.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Reprehension reproof: censure
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Quotations

  • John Grigg
    John Grigg
    “Autobiography is now as common as adultery and hardly less reprehensible.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. reprehensio,: cf. F. répréhension,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. reprehendĕre, -hensumre-, inten., prehendĕre, to lay hold of.

Usage

In literature:

I have been guilty of reprehensible carelessness, and merited a reprimand!
"About Peggy Saville" by Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
Jim taught him some rather reprehensible tricks.
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
For instance, he has pointed out to me conclusively that I grow reprehensibly selfish.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
If bad writers were to pass without reprehension, what should restrain them?
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes" by Samuel Johnson
I regret to say that you have, most probably, been made the victim of an idle and reprehensible jest.
"The Last Penny and Other Stories" by T. S. Arthur
His propensity to intrigue may have led him astray; but his intrigues, if reprehensible, are at least not criminal.
"Memoirs of the Private Life, Return, and Reign of Napoleon in 1815, Vol. II" by Pierre Antoine Edouard Fleury de Chaboulon
A single look, however, at his reprehensible antagonist sufficed.
"The Great White Tribe in Filipinia" by Paul T. Gilbert
This is a highly reprehensible procedure.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol. 3 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
All reprehensible conduct must be carried on so secretly as to elude the college authorities.
"Colleges in America" by John Marshall Barker
Bobby was wildly and reprehensibly naughty.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
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In poetry:

And - ah - sir. I think I can
Say this meeting to a man
Is distinctly Anti-Sosh and - er - and sensible;
And holds that Labor aims
And Socialistic claims
Are visionary and - um - reprehensible.
"The Logic Of Anti-Sosh" by C J Dennis

In news:

If you live in Tyler and have not heard of the standoff between people who think they stand for everything right and people they find morally reprehensible then you've been missing too much.
If someone commits a crime or sin that is reprehensible, should they be forgiven or given a second chance at some point.
Longtime Obama political honcho Bill Burton, now head of a main pro-Obama super-PAC, has the single sickest, vilest, most reprehensible ad since the NAACP blamed G.W.
Commons Speaker slams ' reprehensible ' politics.
Media is ' reprehensible ' for ignoring Libya.
Carmona Calls Flake's Positions on Social Issues Reprehensible .
Barclays' Diamond Pins ' Reprehensible ' Rate-Rigging On 14 Traders.
Says Russia arms shipment to Syria " reprehensible ".
Thank you for being the lone voice exposing the continued reprehensible behavior of our Town Council.
Reprehensible Behavior Is a Risk of Combat, Experts Say.
Nevada Judge Calls ACORN ' Reprehensible ,' Slaps Group With Maximum Fine for Voter Fraud.
Action by Missouri Right to Life is reprehensible .
My ' Reprehensible ' Take on Teen Literature.
Apologizes for ' Reprehensible ' 1940s Syphilis Study in Guatemala.
The acts themselves are reprehensible and should be punished.
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