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

Definition of reprimand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a severe or formal reproof


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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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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The reprimand hastened the departure of former CEO Michael Corbat and vaulted Ms. Fraser into the top job at the nation’s third-largest bank. David Benoit, WSJ, 14 Sep. 2022 In addition to the reprimand for violating rules of professional conduct, the court fined Gardner $750. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 18 Aug. 2022 The reprimand was for missing a court appearance in September 2012. Krista Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 20 July 2022 Leonard, currently an attorney in private practice, said the reprimand was public information available to clients and others. Alison Knezevich, Baltimore Sun, 28 June 2022 Catholic Medical Center gave Baribeau a letter of reprimand in late January 2013., 7 Sep. 2022 Always a reprimand for being too sensitive or for prioritizing kindness over getting ahead. Odell Mitchell Iii, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 Other disciplinary action includes a public or private reprimand, temporary or permanent privilege to participate in Academy events, temporary or permanent loss of award eligibility and also possible revocation of an Academy award. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, 8 Apr. 2022 The Academy can take less drastic measures, too, including private or public reprimand, and temporary or permanent loss of eligibility for future Oscars. Ellen Gamerman And Joe Flint, WSJ, 29 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Senate rules official also scrapped a provision intended to reprimand drug companies that raise the prices of some prescription drugs faster than inflation for patients with private insurance. Bytal Axelrod, ABC News, 7 Aug. 2022 But then, on Monday night, Carroll’s school board voted 3-2 to overturn the administration’s decision and formally reprimand Farah, who was named Johnson’s 2021 teacher of the year. Mike Hixenbaugh, NBC News, 8 Oct. 2021 The Big 12 issued the fine and reprimand in accordance with conference sportsmanship and ethical conduct policies. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Feb. 2022 If youngsters got into mischief, any parent on the block was liable to reprimand them. Mary Grace Keller, Baltimore Sun, 29 May 2022 In addition to the fine, board also voted unanimously to reprimand the medical license of the doctor, Marc D. Legris, and ordered him to take a course in ethics and to practice in a supervised office setting. Kate Farrish, Hartford Courant, 17 May 2022 Gold medal favorite Kalina Valieva finished her disastrous final performance at Thursday’s Olympics and skated over to the edge of the rink, where her Russian Olympic Committee coach began to reprimand her. Washington Post, 18 Feb. 2022 Lawmakers can reprimand and censure members with a majority vote, or expel them with a 2/3 vote, according to Senate rules. Stacey Barchenger, The Arizona Republic, 1 Mar. 2022 Certainly Beijing will not reprimand him for his treatment of dissidents. Graeme Wood, The Atlantic, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of reprimand


1636, in the meaning defined above


1681, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for reprimand


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

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“Reprimand.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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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


reprimanded; reprimanding

Kids Definition of reprimand (Entry 2 of 2)

: to criticize (a person) severely or formally

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