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reprimand

noun rep·ri·mand \ ˈre-prə-ˌmand \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of reprimand

: a severe or formal reproof

Examples of reprimand in a Sentence

  1. while reviewing the troops, the officer delivered a curt reprimand to one of the soldiers

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Origin and Etymology of reprimand

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


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reprimand

verb

Definition of reprimand

transitive verb
: to reprove sharply or censure formally usually from a position of authority

Examples of reprimand in a Sentence

  1. The soldiers were severely reprimanded.

  2. reprimanded the summer intern for her constant tardiness

Recent Examples of reprimand from the Web

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First Known Use of reprimand

1681

Synonym Discussion of reprimand

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

REPRIMAND Defined for English Language Learners

reprimand

verb

Definition of reprimand for English Language Learners

  • : to speak in an angry and critical way to (someone who has done something wrong, disobeyed an order, etc.)


REPRIMAND Defined for Kids

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reprimand

noun rep·ri·mand \ ˈre-prə-ˌmand \

Definition of reprimand for Students

: a severe or formal criticism : censure

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reprimand

verb

Definition of reprimand for Students

reprimanded; reprimanding
: to criticize (a person) severely or formally


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