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 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 That’s why many analysts say Ukraine needs help — and that Russia needs a severe reprimand. Alex Ward, Vox, "Russia just openly attacked Ukraine. That could mean their war will get worse.," 26 Nov. 2018 The reprimand, by 311 votes to 293, marks the first time a British government has been found in contempt of Parliament. Raf Casert, The Seattle Times, "UK Parliament delivers rebuke to government over Brexit," 4 Dec. 2018 In 2014, Bailey received a letter of reprimand for using force against a female inmate at the Bexar County Jail and instructing a camera operator not to document it. Brian Chasnoff, San Antonio Express-News, "‘Pattern of behavior’ cited in arrested deputy," 6 June 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Rather than knocking a drone out of the sky, potentially hurting people below, law enforcement can find the operator and reprimand him or her accordingly. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Are Hobby Drones Dead?," 7 Dec. 2018 Uber conducted an internal investigation, formally reprimanded him in late 2017, reduced his bonus, and had him attend sensitivity training. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Uber vice president resigns after sexual misconduct allegations," 24 Oct. 2018 The chief disciplinary counsel then asked the state Supreme Court to suspend Zahnd’s law license for at least six months but the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday to reprimand him. Glenn E. Rice, kansascity, "Platte County prosecutor weighs appeal after reprimand in girl's sex abuse case | The Kansas City Star," 23 May 2018 The Wauwatosa Police Department officer who punched a teen at Mayfair Mall this spring was reprimanded three times in the past, according to his personnel file. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wauwatosa cop who punched teen at Mayfair was suspended three times before, records show," 26 June 2018 The Republican governor’s office also was reprimanded for providing incomplete information to executive inspector general investigators. Kim Geiger, chicagotribune.com, "Watchdog report: Rauner administration mismanaged patronage positions," 21 May 2018 The Enquirer/Cameron Knight The president of Cincinnati's police union, a lieutenant who complained about his behavior and four other Cincinnati Police officers have been reprimanded for their roles in two separate roll call meetings last fall. James Pilcher, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati FOP president Hils, CPD lieutenant reprimanded for 'urban ghetto' incident," 10 May 2018 Top YouTubers feel compelled to make nonstop videos for an ever-hungry audience, afraid to take breaks for fear of losing momentum, or worse, being reprimanded by the algorithm that decides what videos people see. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "YouTube is failing its creators," 21 Sep. 2018 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

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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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