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 Three-quarters ended in probation or a letter of reprimand. Los Angeles Times, 16 July 2021 State commissioners voted Wednesday to downgrade the letters of reprimand to letters of caution and issue letters of instruction alongside them. Rachel Herzog, Arkansas Online, 15 July 2021 According to two sources close to the athletic department, UCLA issued Rebholz a letter of reprimand but cleared him of any wrongdoing that would require more serious punishment. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 9 July 2021 Hollingsworth had refused the board's initial, harsher sanction, a letter of reprimand. Rachel Herzog, Arkansas Online, 2 July 2021 In 2001, the board sent Gear a letter of reprimand over his treatment in 1996 of a newborn infant who had been having difficulty with bowel movements. Stephanie Innes, The Arizona Republic, 17 June 2021 That negative response is not always in the form of a reprimand, poor performance review or demotion. Megan Martin, Forbes, 28 May 2021 Three of them will also receive letters of reprimand, and all actions are likely to end their careers. Barbara Starr And Caroline Kelly, CNN, 30 Apr. 2021 However, in response to the 17 complaints city officials acknowledged in a summary provided to TIME and other media outlets, Chauvin had received only two letters of reprimand, which in Minneapolis are considered a form of discipline. Janell Ross, Time, 25 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Azam said Carlson has become so financially important to Fox News that executives are unwilling to reprimand him. Michael Kranish, Anchorage Daily News, 15 July 2021 Still, Ghaani did not reprimand the militia groups during the meeting. Star Tribune, 9 July 2021 There is no sign Democrats would allow any effort to reprimand Waters to succeed. Jennifer Haberkorn, Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2021 Politicians reprimand with one hand and give handouts with the other. Bill Cassidy And Jeff Hoopes, WSJ, 8 June 2021 If the licking is bothersome, don't reprimand the dog, but instead distract them from their mission with a treat. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, 28 May 2021 The solution was not to take it away from the senior manager or reprimand him. Robert Sher, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Republicans face pressure to reprimand Gaetz following their own demands that Democrats remove Rep. Eric Swalwell from the House Intelligence Committee. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, 31 Mar. 2021 Some also have filed separate grievances with disciplinary bodies that can reprimand, suspend or disbar attorneys who violate their professional obligations. Alexa Corse, WSJ, 9 May 2021

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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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The first known use of reprimand was in 1636

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24 Jul 2021

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“Reprimand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reprimand. Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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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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