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 If there is a violation, the committee can recommend fines or other punishment, including censure or reprimand, though that occurs infrequently. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Mich. lawmaker used campaign funds for Disney trips. Now ethics committee has questions.," 15 Nov. 2019 Mayes slaps her palms on a tabletop to mimic the sound of one of Brown's stinging reprimands. Bob Carlton | Bcarlton@al.com, al, "This classic Alabama BBQ joint is sweet on the ‘Cake Lady’," 1 Nov. 2019 Options include dismissing the complaint, a reprimand and temporary suspension or permanently removal of Hill’s law license. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Indiana attorney general faces hearing on future as lawyer," 19 Oct. 2019 Nine officers have been disciplined in the wake of the attack, mainly with letters of reprimand or administrative action. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "ISIS militants behind deadly Niger ambush of US troops have $5M bounties on their heads: State Department," 4 Oct. 2019 As a result, the Board determined that an appropriate reprimand was to cancel an option grant Blatt had been scheduled to receive in early May worth millions of dollars. Los Angeles Times, "Accused of sexual assault, former Tinder CEO files defamation lawsuit," 3 Oct. 2019 Graham’s only discipline as a St. Paul officer was an oral reprimand in 2017 for a preventable squad car crash. Mara H. Gottfried, Twin Cities, "St. Paul mayor says he’s disheartened to see judgment of officers, teen after arrest video," 3 Oct. 2019 That prompted a reprimand of incivility, which in turn led to cries of bullying, lecturing and personal attacks. Judy Lin, The Mercury News, "Labor had a banner year in California — now will workers unionize?," 21 Sep. 2019 Matt Davis has repaid the district $154.50, received a letter of reprimand and underwent a review of policies and expectations as a result of the investigation, according to Superintendent Phil Herman. Robin Goist, cleveland, "Hudson swim coach reprimanded, ordered to repay district for using work email to aid wife’s city council campaign," 30 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Globe also found that Clark and his partner, Daniel Blake, had been reprimanded for their behavior with students at a youth arts camp in Colorado in 2004. BostonGlobe.com, "The Boston Children’s Theatre has hired a," 9 Nov. 2019 Colonel Vindman did not have dealings with Mr. Hickman in relation to his work during the exercise, the person said, and was not reprimanded for it. Mike Mcintire, New York Times, "Trump’s Twitter War Room Aims Its Punches at Decorated Colonel," 6 Nov. 2019 Racial disparities in school discipline, particularly for African American students, have been documented in numerous studies, but there has been little research on how Native American students are reprimanded. Risa Johnson, USA TODAY, "Native American students suspended at higher rates than peers. California report looks at solutions," 18 Oct. 2019 Their laughable expedition becomes the sinister catalyst for unleashing ethnic hatred when the girls fall in the mud and rather than be reprimanded, lie that they were nearly raped at the hands of Tutsi attackers. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Our Lady of the Nile' ('Notre-Dame du Nil'): Film Review | TIFF 2019," 14 Sep. 2019 The July 29 letter was used by the commission to determine that Arbulu should be reprimanded, rather than fired. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan Civil Rights Commission fires director Agustin Arbulu after 5-2 vote," 27 Aug. 2019 Matthews was previously reprimanded about his comments in a diary room session, the same source confirmed. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Julie Chen grills Jack Matthews about offensive Big Brother comments," 9 Aug. 2019 Menacing: Sheldon Road Managers at AmeriMark Direct, 244 Sheldon Road, called police at about 11 a.m. Aug. 30 regarding a worker, who had just been reprimanded for his job performance, threatening to fire a weapon on company property. Bob Sandrick, cleveland.com, "Worker threatens to ‘shoot up’ workplace; woman followed by driver calls police: Berea police blotter," 5 Sep. 2019 Faf du Plessis, South Africa’s captain, who has twice been reprimanded for tampering — he was fined, never suspended — sent Smith a text message to express his sympathies. Tim Wigmore, New York Times, "Australian Cricket Has Its Own Deflategate, and a Nation Reels," 2 Apr. 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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The first known use of reprimand was in 1636

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Last Updated

29 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Reprimand.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reprimand?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=r&file=reprim01. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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More Definitions for reprimand

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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