reprimand

noun
rep·ri·mand | \ ˈre-prə-ˌmand \

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

The pair face penalties that could include reprimands or suspension of their law licenses. Craig R. Mccoy, Philly.com, "Hearing examines prosecutor in Penn State probe," 14 June 2018 But his success was short-lived, as a series of significant NCAA violations led to his firing at Tennessee in 2015 and a 10-year show-cause penalty, one of the most severe individual reprimands ever handed down by the NCAA. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "Not all Cinderella coaches find the right fit after NCAA tournament success," 19 Mar. 2018 All six officers who participated in the party received letters of reprimand and lost accrued time. Sarah Blaskey, miamiherald, "The lieutenant brought the beer. Then he covered the camera with a red party cup.," 9 July 2018 The two also received letters of reprimand from the school district for the incident, which happened during the 2016-17 school year, district spokeswoman Nadine Drew said. Scott Travis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Broward school administrators disciplined for 'fraudulent' class size reporting," 2 July 2018 Coppock pled guilty to dereliction of duty at a court-martial in May and was fined six weeks’ pay and issued a letter of reprimand. Jasmine Khayami And Elizabeth Strassner, USA TODAY, "Collisions reveal a Navy tragically undone by its can-do spirit," 25 June 2018 Henderson's reprimand was five years in the making. Michael Gordon, charlotteobserver, "It took a Meck judge more than 2 years to rule on a case. Now he's being reprimanded. | Charlotte Observer," 11 May 2018 The investigation resulted in a couple of terminations and reprimands. Jack Greiner, Cincinnati.com, "Concealed carry: Why keeping Ohio's concealed carry permit records secret could be dangerous," 11 July 2018 Treviño has a disciplinary history as a lawyer, receiving several public reprimands and suspensions between 1997 and 2015, according to the State Bar of Texas. Guillermo Contreras, San Antonio Express-News, "Lawyer and Chicano activist charged in San Antonio with transporting immigrants," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

George was not injured in the shove, and Savannah’s mother, Autumn, can be seen immediately reprimanding her. Josh Duboff, Vanities, "Prince George Goes Tumbling After a Push from Cousin Savannah," 13 June 2018 Quietly eager to assert his authority, Fred calls the women into the study — the setting of their quiet rebellion — and reprimands them. refinery29.com, "The Handmaid's Tale Season 2, Episode 8 Recap: "I Only Wanna Be With You"," 6 June 2018 In April the bipartisan Senate Ethics Committee reprimanded Menendez with a letter of severe admonishment, a rare punishment. Andrew Seidman, Philly.com, "Could the GOP take out New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez?," 6 June 2018 The manager and others allegedly harassed Hispanic employees about speaking Spanish, threatened them with discipline and publicly reprimanded them for allegedly speaking the language because managers didn’t like it, the lawsuit alleged. Morgan Cook, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Regulators sue Albertsons for allegedly banning employees from speaking Spanish in front of non-Spanish speakers," 4 May 2018 In some places, frequent callers have been cut off from the ambulance service, or sent letters reprimanding them for wasting NHS money. The Economist, "The patients who call emergency services dozens of times a year," 1 May 2018 As part of that settlement, ZTE agreed to dismiss four senior executives and discipline 35 others either by reducing their bonuses or reprimanding them. Clay Chandler, Fortune, "The U.S.- China Face-off: Is It About Trade? Or National Security?," 21 Apr. 2018 The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services reprimanded her daycare, Harbor Crest, in a report that found the daycare failed to report her injuries to authorities. Cory Shaffer, cleveland.com, "Mother, boyfriend charged with aggravated murder in Aniya Day-Garrett's death," 9 Apr. 2018 Baldwin publicly acknowledged the issues with the way her office handled the situation and reprimanded members of her staff — one person was fired — as a result. Maya Rhodan, Time, "Why Tammy Baldwin Opened Up About Her Mother's Addiction," 24 May 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 \

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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