- Reprehend is defined as to blame or strongly judge a person or action.
An example of reprehend is deciding that a specific child threw a ball through your window.
- to reprimand or rebuke (a person)
- to find fault with (something done); censure
Origin of reprehendMiddle English reprehenden ; from Classical Latin reprehendere ; from re-, back + prehendere: see prehensile
transitive verbrep·re·hend·ed, rep·re·hend·ing, rep·re·hends
Origin of reprehendMiddle English reprehenden, from Latin reprehendere : re-, re- + prehendere, to seize; see ghend- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present reprehends, present participle reprehending, simple past and past participle reprehended)
From Latin reprehendÅ (“I hold back, check, blame"), from re- (“back") + prehendÅ (“I hold, seize"). Confer French reprendre (“to reprove").