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

Students who violate the rules could be punished with warnings, reprimands, community service fines, or disciplinary probation. Fox News, "Media coverage of Mollie Tibbetts' murder," 23 Aug. 2018 Her name surfaced again Tuesday when the Florida Bar announced her reprimand. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "First, her ex shot up Trump's hotel. Now, this Miami Beach lawyer is in trouble for lying," 30 May 2018 Fort Lauderdale attorney Bruce Don Burtoff will receive a public reprimand for a conflict of interest. Rafael Olmeda, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Two Broward lawyers disciplined by Supreme Court," 2 July 2018 Memorializing events and dissidents like the Tiananmen Square uprising and Liu Xiaobo remains important in Taiwanese civil society, despite past reprimands from Beijing. Suyin Haynes / Taipei, Time, "One Year on From His Death, Taiwan Remembers Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo," 13 July 2018 That three-part act just got him a reprimand from Choctawatchee High School administrators and the Okaloosa County School District. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "The student skit featured a talking penis. It became a drama for the high school teacher," 21 June 2018 Charges of his using military wagons for his own profit brought a court-martial in 1779 that drew a formal reprimand from George Washington. William Anthony Hay, WSJ, "‘The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold’ and ‘Turncoat’ Review: His Own Worst Enemy," 24 May 2018 Audience members repeatedly heckled and booed one another, prompting reprimands from Mayor Laurene Weste — including a brief lesson on the 1st Amendment. Nina Agrawal, latimes.com, "Santa Clarita may join other cities in opposing California's 'sanctuary' law," 9 May 2018 The actions taken by KRIS 6 after the incident included a termination, a suspension and reprimands. Fernando Alfonso Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Austin TV station apologizes for controversial closed caption during bombing," 22 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

President Siebert most likely gets to keep his job without being reprimanded for nearly sabotaging a woman's career. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "The Big Bang Theory," 18 Oct. 2018 Government lawyers have asked Judge Bernal to amend his August 24 order simply to include that the FBI agent and Los Angeles Police Department officer involved in the arrest should not be reprimanded for what turned out to be bad legal advice. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Feds to judge: We still think we can put GPS trackers on cars entering US," 6 Oct. 2018 More Companies found to have violated exchange rules can be publicly reprimanded or even delisted, according to Nasdaq guidelines. Akane Otani, WSJ, "After Tesla Buyout Tweet, Some Investors Wonder: Where Was Nasdaq?," 12 Aug. 2018 The exchange became even more hilarious when Harry jokingly reprimanded the little guy for touching his wife's head. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Prove They'll Be the Best Parents During Trip to Ireland," 12 July 2018 Reports had surfaced earlier this year that Crawford had been reprimanded for numerous issues on set. Alejandra Reyes-velarde, latimes.com, "Fox renews 'Lethal Weapon' with new co-star Seann William Scott," 14 May 2018 His wife, Miami Judge Maria Ortiz, will likely be reprimanded and fined for failing to report the stays. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "A Miami judge failed to report free luxury hotel stays. And she's facing a punishment | Miami Herald," 7 May 2018 Just days before her arrest, Haynie was reprimanded and fined $500 for similar infractions by the Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics. Marci Shatzman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Gov. Rick Scott suspends Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie," 27 Apr. 2018 Judge Amy Berman Jackson set a trial date of Sept. 17 and also reprimanded Manafort and his attorney for violating her gag order by issuing a statement last week after former co-defendant Rick Gates pleaded guilty. Charlie Gile, NBC News, "Paul Manafort pleads not guilty to charges filed after Gates plea deal," 28 Feb. 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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