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

If a violation occurs, councilors must vote unanimously to proceed with a public reprimand or other sanctions. oregonlive.com, "Oregon’s public employers must have anti-harassment policies under new law," 27 June 2019 Potential punishments include a reprimand or censure, suspension, expulsion, or being stripped of leadership assignments. Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, "State Senate to launch probe into Brockton lawmaker following OUI plea deal," 27 June 2019 Miami Arts Charter School founder and principal Alfredo de la Rosa A search for Manas’ name shows that the commission gave him a letter of reprimand and one year of probation in 2000 for alleged misconduct while teaching in Hillsborough County. Kyra Gurney, miamiherald, "7th grader had a funny feeling about her math teacher. What she found got him fired. | Miami Herald," 9 Mar. 2018 About a year ago they were put on three years probation and fined $10,000 by the OHSAA with a reprimand and requirement that their administrators attend compliance meetings with the OHSAA. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Dayton basketball team ruled ineligible for OHSAA tournament files injunction. Here's how it affects local teams.," 1 Mar. 2018 Evolution of a Little Liar June 17, 2019•15 min Most parents see lying as a cause for worry or reprimand. National Geographic, "Episode 2: Evolution of a Little Liar," 18 June 2019 The disagreement escalated to a Judicial Qualifications Commission complaint, a voluntary transfer to the family division, and a public reprimand from the Supreme Court last February. Rafael Olmeda, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Broward Judge Contini resigns abruptly," 6 July 2018 Danske Bank was given eight orders and eight reprimands that the bank must fulfill by June 30. Washington Post, "Danish bank criticized for money laundering out of Estonia," 5 May 2018 But there were no public reprimands, no warnings to other nuns. Tim Sullivan, The Seattle Times, "AP finds long history of nuns abused by priests in India," 1 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Special Committee on Conduct can recommend Boquist be reprimanded, censured, or expelled. oregonlive.com, "Oregon lawmakers wrap up buzzer-beating 2019 session," 30 June 2019 One of the several young prescribers who was working for Hanson was later reprimanded by the state Board of Nursing. Bruce Vielmetti, USA TODAY, "Feds suspect Wisconsin pain clinic could be 'pill mill' feeding the opioid crisis," 5 Apr. 2018 Wood once reprimanded Roosevelt for fraternizing and drinking with the enlistees. Scott Huddleston, ExpressNews.com, "Roosevelt statue now part of Alamo Plaza," 11 June 2019 The regulator and Tesla’s board face the same conundrum if he is found in contempt: how to reprimand Mr. Musk without causing potential harm to investors. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "SEC’s Tussle With Tesla’s Elon Musk Shows Challenge of Regulating Iconic CEOs," 26 Feb. 2019 Rather, not reprimanding Saudi royalty — especially de facto leader Mohammed bin Salman, better known as MBS — fits perfectly within his foreign policy. Alex Ward, Vox, "Trump’s Saudi Arabia decision is the perfect distillation of his worldview," 21 Nov. 2018 In April, the Department of Commerce banned US companies from selling components and other technology to ZTE, saying the company had failed to reprimand employees who were involved in violating trade controls in Iran and North Korea. New York Times, BostonGlobe.com, "US strikes deal to lift sanctions on China’s ZTE," 7 June 2018 His supporters dispute that contention, and it was rejected by the state Commission on Judicial Performance, which has the power to reprimand or remove judges from office for ethical violations, after an ethics investigation. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, "Fate of Judge Persky, symbol within #MeToo movement, heads to voters," 27 May 2018 Avoid explaining your dog's behavior to him or using a calm voice when reprimanding. Alexandra Gekas, Woman's Day, "9 Things Your Dog Is Trying to Tell You, According to Experts," 25 Feb. 2019

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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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