V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to express criticism or disapproval of somebody or something; 2. to find fault with

Synonyms: admonish, blast, censure, chide, criticize, accuse, blame, reprove, reprimand, scold, rebuke

Antonyms: absolve, acquit, clear, exonerate, praise, acclaim

Tips: Reprehend has its origins in the Latin word reprehendere, "to seize again." This is also the origin of the word apprehend and is not to be confused with it. To reprehend someone or something can be thought of as a verbal apprehension. Reprehend is similar to censure and reprimand, but is not as strong or as widely used. See also the word reprehensible, which is an adjective used to describe something that is viewed with high disapproval.

Usage Examples:

Your moral choice is your own, and I will neither give my blessing, nor reprehend you for your decision. (admonish, censure)

You need to reprehend your child for his actions, while he is still young enough to listen and be influenced by you. (admonish, scold)

She was totally embarrassed when her mother reprehended her in front of her friends. (chided, reprimanded)

The professor reprehended the student's cheating by giving him a failing grade. (reproved, censured)

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