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

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 Penalties can range from an official reprimand to a civil penalty of up to $1,000. Vivian Salama, WSJ, "Trump’s Pitches for GOP Candidates at Official Events Draw a Hatch Act Complaint," 12 Sep. 2018 The doctor had faced punishments ranging from a public reprimand to a permanent revocation of his license. Washington Post, "Vaccination critic placed on probation by medical board," 29 June 2018 The punishments Sears faced ranged from a public reprimand to a revocation of his license, which would have permanently prevented him from practicing medicine in the state. Soumya Karlamangla, latimes.com, "Leading vaccine skeptic Dr. Bob Sears put on probation by California medical board," 29 June 2018 Punishments ranged from public reprimands to license suspensions to disbarments. Chrissie Thompson, Cincinnati.com, "Taft law firm should have disclosed conflict of interest, grievance says," 25 June 2018 Under Senate rules, members of the Ethics Committee could have recommended a range of disciplinary measures against Rosenberg, from a reprimand to expulsion. Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, "Rosenberg cited for ‘failure of judgment and leadership’ in blistering ethics report," 2 May 2018 The Army opened an investigation but did not charge Golsteyn, instead stripping him of a Silver Star and an elite Special Forces tab, and issuing a letter of reprimand. Taimoor Shah, The Seattle Times, "Trump to ‘review’ case of Green Beret accused of murdering Afghan," 16 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Strom did not deny that he had been reprimanded for not wearing a tie in compliance with the school’s dress code. Michael Harriot, The Root, "New Jersey Football Coach Says He Lost His Job Because He Had Too Many Black Players on Team," 1 May 2018 He also was reprimanded for lying about having talked on the phone call to a former inmate, records show. Jeff Weiner, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Juvenile jail guard suspected of rape had been cleared in prior sexual abuse case," 7 June 2018 After reporting it to the U.S. Department of Defense, he was reprimanded, stripped of his responsibilities and ultimately fired without severance, Anderson alleges. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "AeroVironment employees accused of carrying loaded military drone on commercial airline," 17 May 2018 She wasn't reprimanded for her role in the destruction of the tapes, but some CIA officials, and many lawmakers, viewed the episode as an improper attempt at a coverup. NBC News, "Gina Haspel considered withdrawing as CIA nominee, sources say," 6 May 2018 As part of the settlement, ZTE told U.S. officials that it had reprimanded and cut bonus payments to more than three dozen employees involved in the transactions. Mike Freeman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "U.S. suspends export privileges for Qualcomm customer ZTE," 16 Apr. 2018 Smith’s appointment drew criticism because he had been reprimanded for skirting environmental laws. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "New Yosemite leader Michael Reynolds faces challenges in valley he knows well," 1 Apr. 2018 Federal marshals reprimanded spectators outside court for waving at him or even flashing a thumbs-up. Sam Walker, WSJ, "Help! My Boss Is El Chapo," 12 Jan. 2019 Initially, middle school teacher Renee Thole was reprimanded. Keith Bierygolick, Cincinnati.com, "Black student at Mason left 'embarrassed' after white teacher asked to touch her hair," 25 Jan. 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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