reprimand


1rep·ri·mand

noun \ˈre-prə-ˌmand\

Definition of REPRIMAND

:  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

2reprimand

verb

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

Full Definition of REPRIMAND

transitive verb
:  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>

First Known Use of REPRIMAND

1681

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