reprimand

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

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 disagreement escalated to a Judicial Qualifications Commission complaint, a voluntary transfer to the family division, and a public reprimand from the Supreme Court last February. Rafael Olmeda, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Broward Judge Contini resigns abruptly," 6 July 2018 Danske Bank was given eight orders and eight reprimands that the bank must fulfill by June 30. Washington Post, "Danish bank criticized for money laundering out of Estonia," 5 May 2018 But there were no public reprimands, no warnings to other nuns. Tim Sullivan, The Seattle Times, "AP finds long history of nuns abused by priests in India," 1 Jan. 2019 Penalties can range from an official reprimand to a civil penalty of up to $1,000. Vivian Salama, WSJ, "Trump’s Pitches for GOP Candidates at Official Events Draw a Hatch Act Complaint," 12 Sep. 2018 The doctor had faced punishments ranging from a public reprimand to a permanent revocation of his license. Washington Post, "Vaccination critic placed on probation by medical board," 29 June 2018 The punishments Sears faced ranged from a public reprimand to a revocation of his license, which would have permanently prevented him from practicing medicine in the state. Soumya Karlamangla, latimes.com, "Leading vaccine skeptic Dr. Bob Sears put on probation by California medical board," 29 June 2018 Punishments ranged from public reprimands to license suspensions to disbarments. Chrissie Thompson, Cincinnati.com, "Taft law firm should have disclosed conflict of interest, grievance says," 25 June 2018 Under Senate rules, members of the Ethics Committee could have recommended a range of disciplinary measures against Rosenberg, from a reprimand to expulsion. Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, "Rosenberg cited for ‘failure of judgment and leadership’ in blistering ethics report," 2 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Avoid explaining your dog's behavior to him or using a calm voice when reprimanding. Alexandra Gekas, Woman's Day, "9 Things Your Dog Is Trying to Tell You, According to Experts," 25 Feb. 2019 But criticism from the right crescendoed in May, when Brad Parscale, the campaign manager for Trump's 2020 re-election, joined Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the RNC, and publicly reprimanded the tech industry. Tony Romm, chicagotribune.com, "Inside Facebook and Twitter's secret meetings with Trump aides and conservative leaders," 27 June 2018 The ethics panel reprimanded Haynie for voting on matters on Dec. 8, 2015, and June 13, 2017, that provided a financial benefit to James Batmasian without disclosing her ties. Skyler Swisher, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Ethics panel fines Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie for failing to disclose voting conflict," 17 Apr. 2018 Michigan State Police reprimanded Trooper Mark Bessner for violating police procedures during a March 2017 high-speed pursuit. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "Ex-Michigan State Police trooper in ATV taser death repeatedly reprimanded for violations," 16 Apr. 2018 Don't take this to mean Markle was reprimanded after her shower, though. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The Palace Reportedly Warned Meghan Markle About Throwing a ‘Flashy Baby Shower’," 29 Mar. 2019 The Chilean midfielder was also reprimanded for drink driving during the 2015 Copa America, after crashing his Ferrari into a ditch with his wife and child in the car. SI.com, "Report: Bayern Munich Star Arturo Vidal Charged for Involvement in Berlin Nightclub Brawl," 24 May 2018 The Big 12 Conference reprimanded West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins on Thursday for his postgame comments after he was ejected from the Mountaineers' 77-69 loss to Kansas on Saturday. Dave Clark, Cincinnati.com, "Huggins reprimanded by Big 12 for officiating remarks," 22 Feb. 2018 Strom did not deny that he had been reprimanded for not wearing a tie in compliance with the school’s dress code. Michael Harriot, The Root, "New Jersey Football Coach Says He Lost His Job Because He Had Too Many Black Players on Team," 1 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 How to pronounce reprimand (audio) \

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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