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 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 The Big Ten announced the suspension on Wednesday and also issued a public reprimand. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Huskers’ Khalil Davis suspended 1 game for striking opponent," 2 Oct. 2019 He was dismissed from the Air Force and issued a letter of reprimand. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "She recorded her rapist’s confession. Now, the Supreme Court could hear it.," 10 Aug. 2019 He was subsequently issued an oral reprimand for insubordination in June of 2017. Sarah Horner, Twin Cities, "State appeals court finds New Brighton police officer may have been subject to retaliation by city," 29 July 2019 The officers may face a reprimand, suspension, demotion or termination, the release said. Theresa Waldrop, CNN, "5 Columbus, Ohio, police officers face discipline in Stormy Daniels strip club arrest," 31 July 2019 While such a reprimand is a symbolic gesture, the major parties expect to demonstrate how isolated Anning’s views are among Australia’s 226 federal lawmakers. Rod Mcguirk, The Seattle Times, "‘Egg Boy’ teen defends egging anti-Muslim Australian senator," 25 Mar. 2019 The reigning Olympic champion, Horton, 23, finished second, then stood silently behind the podium, an act that earned him a public reprimand from FINA, the sport’s international governing body. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "Sun Yang and Swimming Descend Into a Battle Over Doping," 23 July 2019 The next day, the band to show up late, cranky and more than a little hungover, leading Whitney to receive a stern reprimand from her boss for partying like a rock star and jeopardizing the photoshoot. Glenn Rowley, Billboard, "'The Hills' Best Music Moments: Lady Gaga, Brandy, Ryan Cabrera & More," 24 June 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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15 Nov 2019

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The first known use of reprimand was in 1636

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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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