American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To reprove; censure. See Synonyms at criticize.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To charge with a fault; chide sharply; reprove: formerly sometimes followed by of.
- To take exception to; speak of as a fault; censure.
- To convict of fallacy.
- Synonyms To blame, rebuke, reprimand, upbraid. See admonition.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. 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.
- v. express strong disapproval of
- From Latin reprehendere ("to hold back, check, blame"), from re- ("back") + prehendere ("to hold, seize"). Confer French reprendre ("to reprove"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English reprehenden, from Latin reprehendere : re-, re- + prehendere, to seize; see ghend- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Palmerston, who expressed himself as "extremely flattered and highly gratified" by the references to himself, did not in terms reprehend the language used of the two Sovereigns, and added, in a phrase immortalised by Leech's cartoon, that”
“The modification of old-fashioned rules in this regard has made the lines faint, it is true, and there is no book on etiquette that does not reprehend as “unbecoming a gentleman” smoking in drawing-rooms, boudoirs, dining-rooms, restaurants, where now men not only are allowed, and invited, to smoke, but where highly respectable women have been known to join them.”
“Gentles, do not reprehend: with Hero Histories, we will mend:”
“But above all, Sir Anthony, she should be mistress of orthodoxy, that she might not misspell and mispronounce words so shamefully as girls usually do; and likewise that she might reprehend the true meaning of what she is saying.”
“But it's odd that we have to step outside of the language of public life when we want to express authentic indignation or forcefully reprehend somebody simply for being bad, which, while I'm at it, is another word that Dickens took a lot more seriously than we do.”
“Indiana, now, was preparing to scream, and Miss Margland was looking round to see whom she should reprehend; but young Westwyn, coolly opening the door, with a strong arm, and an able jerk, twisted the perfumer into the passage, saying, 'You may send somebody for your goods.”
“And that such as have a great and false opinion of their own wisdom take upon them to reprehend the actions and call in question the authority of them that govern, and so to unsettle the laws with their public discourse, as that nothing shall be a crime but what their own designs require should be so.”
“To reprehend princes is dangerous; and to over-commend some of them is palpable lying.”
“XIV., would not meet with a very gentle reception from the learned; he who is disposed to reprehend Virgil for having described King”
“In such esteem it continued for many ages, till at length Mesue and some other Arabians began to reject and reprehend it, upon whose authority for many following lustres, it was much debased and quite out of request, held to be poison and no medicine; and is still oppugned to this day by  Crato and some junior physicians.”
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