Origin of reprehensibleMiddle English reprehensyble from Ecclesiastical Late Latin reprehensibilis
Littering is reprehensible, but fortunately there are many good people willing to volunteer their time to clean up the garbage.
An example of reprehensible is cheating on an exam.
Origin of reprehensibleMiddle English from Old French from Late Latin reprehēnsibilis from Latin reprehēnsus past participle of reprehendere to reprehend ; see reprehend .
- rep′re·hen′si·bil′i·ty rep′re·hen′si·ble·ness
(comparative more reprehensible, superlative most reprehensible)
- A reprehensible person; a villain.
reprehend +"Ž -ible
- A number of TV critics deemed the show "morally reprehensible," and the ratings were no picnic either.
- While her character could have been a caricature, Parisse played Julia Lindsay with delicious insanity and managed to engender sympathy even as her character committed reprehensible acts.
- I mention these reprehensible actions to illustrate how language can divide us.
- And Pierre, anxiously trying to remember whether he had done anything reprehensible, looked round with a blush.
- It is scarcely necessary to say that the indiscriminate addition of alcohol and water, or of either to must or to wine, must be regarded as a reprehensible operation.