Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To reprove; censure. See Synonyms at criticize.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to criticize, to reprove

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive 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.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. express strong disapproval of

Etymologies

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)
From Latin reprehendere ("to hold back, check, blame"), from re- ("back") + prehendere ("to hold, seize"). Confer French reprendre ("to reprove"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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 Letters of Queen Victoria, Vol 2 (of 3), 1844-1853 A Selection from her Majesty's correspondence between the years 1837 and 1861

  • 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.

    Smoking Etiquette | Edwardian Promenade

  • Gentles, do not reprehend: with Hero Histories, we will mend:

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  • 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.

    Tallulah Morehead: Big Brother 12: (Mala)Props to the Houseguests.

  • 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.

    Madoff: A Scoundrel Or A Sociopath?

  • 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.'

    Camilla

  • 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.

    Leviathan

  • To reprehend princes is dangerous; and to over-commend some of them is palpable lying.

    The White Devil

  • XIV., would not meet with a very gentle reception from the learned; he who is disposed to reprehend Virgil for having described King

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • 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 [4225] Crato and some junior physicians.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

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  • Thank you.
    *curtseys*

    October 17, 2012

  • It is a misprision as in this Century definition: n. More loosely, any grave offense or misdemeanor having no recognized fixed name, as maladministration in an office of public trust: also termed positive misprision, as distinguished from negative misprision, or mere neglect or concealment.

    Your emprise into the Century dictionary is much appreciated, Ruzuzu.
    It shouldn't be forgotten. I guess I never know what it will beget, and that is often a surprise!

    *NB I am playing with different derivations of the Indo-European root ghend- ! It seized me.*

    October 17, 2012

  • I like this definition from the Century: "To convict of fallacy."

    October 17, 2012

  • "I have just done rather an odd thing. Indeed, I have been casting about in my mind for a mode in which to convey its oddness, and I decided I had better ask you to imagine a civilization in which eating had ceased almost altogether. Moreover, it was officially reprehended, as a sort of bestial regression."
    - 'The Expense Of Spirit', Germaine Greer in Sunday Times, 1971.

    April 6, 2008