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reprimand

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noun rep·ri·mand \ˈre-prə-ˌmand\

Definition of reprimand

  1. :  a severe or formal reproof



Examples of reprimand

  1. <while reviewing the troops, the officer delivered a curt reprimand to one of the soldiers>



Origin of reprimand

French réprimande, from Latin reprimenda, feminine of reprimendus, gerundive of reprimere to check — more at repress


First Known Use: 1636


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reprimand

verb rep·ri·mand

Simple Definition of reprimand

  • : to speak in an angry and critical way to (someone who has done something wrong, disobeyed an order, etc.)

Full Definition of reprimand

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to reprove sharply or censure formally usually from a position of authority

Examples of reprimand

  1. The soldiers were severely reprimanded.

  2. <reprimanded the summer intern for her constant tardiness>



1681

First Known Use of reprimand

1681

Synonym Discussion of reprimand

reprove, rebuke, reprimand, admonish, reproach, chide mean to criticize adversely. reprove implies an often kindly intent to correct a fault <gently reproved my table manners>. rebuke suggests a sharp or stern reproof <the papal letter rebuked dissenting clerics>. reprimand implies a severe, formal, often public or official rebuke <reprimanded by the ethics committee>. admonish suggests earnest or friendly warning and counsel <admonished by my parents to control expenses>. reproach and chide suggest displeasure or disappointment expressed in mild reproof or scolding <reproached him for tardiness> <chided by their mother for untidiness>.

REPRIMAND Defined for Kids

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reprimand

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noun rep·ri·mand \ˈre-prə-ˌmand\

Definition of reprimand

  1. :  a severe or formal criticism :  censure




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reprimand

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verb rep·ri·mand

Definition of reprimand

rep·ri·mand·edrep·ri·mand·ing

  1. :  to criticize (a person) severely or formally





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