reprimand

noun
rep·​ri·​mand | \ ˈre-prə-ˌmand How to pronounce reprimand (audio) \

Definition of reprimand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a severe or formal reproof

reprimand

verb
reprimanded; reprimanding; reprimands

Definition of reprimand (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to reprove sharply or censure formally usually from a position of authority

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Verb

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

Examples of reprimand in a Sentence

Noun

while reviewing the troops, the officer delivered a curt reprimand to one of the soldiers

Verb

The soldiers were severely reprimanded. reprimanded the summer intern for her constant tardiness
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In response to a records request for all reprimands against Taylor and Worrall, the university only provided copies of Benson’s letters. Dallas News, "UTD president won't punish professors involved in transfer credit deal," 6 Aug. 2019 But federal judges police their own, and Real escaped that episode with a reprimand. Joe Mathews, The Mercury News, "Mathews: Nation’s longest serving judge was a tyrant in the court," 2 Aug. 2019 The Columbus Police announced formal reprimands for the five officers involved in the arrest of the adult-film actress Stormy Daniels last year at a strip club. oregonlive.com, "Police officers who arrested Stormy Daniels at strip club are disciplined but department won’t say why," 1 Aug. 2019 Another 25% want to continue investigating him on Capitol Hill, while 5% support a public reprimand. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Rep. Ruben Gallego calls for Donald Trump impeachment inquiry," 11 July 2019 The commissioner at the time, Bowie Kuhn, called Bouton in for a reprimand; some players shunned him for spilling the beans to players’ wives about what players did on road trips. Bruce Weber, New York Times, "Jim Bouton, Author of Tell-All Baseball Memoir ‘Ball Four,’ Dies at 80," 10 July 2019 There is also a public reprimand and censure for UConn and a vacation of team and individual records. Dan Brechlin, courant.com, "Here’s a look at what penalties UConn and Kevin Ollie face and what comes next following NCAA investigation," 3 July 2019 The investigators issued her a letter of reprimand for her leadership and she was removed from her job at Strategic Command. CBS News, "Joint Chiefs nominee cleared of sexual misconduct charges," 11 July 2019 The investigators issued her a letter of reprimand for her leadership and she was removed from her job at Strategic Command. Lolita Baldor, Anchorage Daily News, "Senior officer accuses Air Force general of sexual misconduct," 11 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Roanoke Times reported that the 5th Congressional District Republican Committee held a closed session Saturday to discuss reprimanding Rep. Denver Riggleman. NBC News, "Virginia GOP tries, fails to censure congressman for officiating same-sex wedding," 29 July 2019 The death of Khashoggi, who had written critically about the Saudi government, sparked an international backlash and unanimous rebuke from the U.S. Senate, but Trump has resisted reprimanding his Saudi allies. oregonlive.com, "Ron Wyden: If Trump admin won’t release report on Jamal Khashoggi slaying, then I will," 24 June 2019 Actions can range from a letter reprimanding the offender to recalling the retired officer to active duty, holding a hearing and stripping them in rank. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, "Army reprimands retired four-star general in alleged groping incident from 25 years ago," 13 June 2019 In a 2009 ruling, the Atlantic City casino hotel was ordered to rewrite its employee handbook, after unlawfully reprimanding a labor-union representative who distributed a press statement about a workplace dispute. Frank D. Lomonte For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Whistleblowers' rights could be at risk under Trump's new labor board," 12 June 2019 In one case last year, a preschool principal instructed her teachers to schedule their pregnancies so that their maternity leaves would not overlap, then reprimanded one of them for getting pregnant out of turn. Motoko Rich, New York Times, "Japan Desperately Needs More Day Care Workers. New Mothers Need Not Apply.," 9 June 2019 Lasseter was also reprimanded for making out with a subordinate at an Oscar party in 2010, sources told Variety. Gene Maddaus, chicagotribune.com, "John Lasseter will exit Disney at the end of the year," 11 June 2018 This resolution gives Democrats an outlet to publicly reprimand the president. The Washington Post, oregonlive.com, "Pelosi is forcing House Republicans to go on the record on Trump’s ‘go back’ tweets," 15 July 2019 The school also reprimanded other kids who knew about the pellet gun on March 15 and played with it, according to a report from the Broward Sheriff’s Office. Lisa J. Huriash, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Gun scare that locked down 7 schools leads to boy's suspension," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of reprimand

Noun

1636, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1681, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for reprimand

Noun

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

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reprimand

verb

English Language Learners Definition of reprimand

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

reprimand

noun
rep·​ri·​mand | \ ˈre-prə-ˌmand How to pronounce reprimand (audio) \

Kids Definition of reprimand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a severe or formal criticism : censure

reprimand

verb
reprimanded; reprimanding

Kids Definition of reprimand (Entry 2 of 2)

: to criticize (a person) severely or formally

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