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

Since the body camera policy went into effect in 2017, only two officers have received a letter of reprimand. Adam Shanks, The Seattle Times, "After deadly shooting, Spokane police explain body-camera policy," 10 Sep. 2019 If found by the bar to have committed ethical misconduct, Ashton could face a range of punishment, including a reprimand, a law license suspension ranging from 30 days to five years or disbarment. oregonlive, "Oregon State Bar opens misconduct investigation into Terry Bean’s criminal defense lawyer, Derek Ashton," 6 Sep. 2019 Captain Perozeni was punished twice by the Army, only to have both letters of reprimand rescinded. New York Times, "Special Forces Sergeant, Killed in Niger Ambush, Is Awarded a Silver Star," 14 Aug. 2019 The officers received written reprimands for their comments; records show Senior Cpl. By Cary Aspinwall Dave Boucher, Dallas News, "Dallas police officers: Mocking Timpa as he died was 'strategy'," 2 Aug. 2019 Consequences for violating the rules could include removal from city premises, reprimand or censure. Lilly Nguyen, Daily Pilot, "Resolution before Laguna Beach council looks to restore civility at meetings," 14 Sep. 2019 The Colorado Commission on Judicial Discipline could also investigate the situation and issue a letter of reprimand or direct her to receive treatment for a mental or physical health condition. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "Colorado judge arrested on suspicion of drunken driving while on probation for DUI conviction," 30 Aug. 2019 Trinity Prep hit the reset button after a trying season that was hampered by a lack of depth and a reprimand by the FHSAA. J.c. Carnahan, orlandosentinel.com, "Class 4A, 3A, 2A and SSAC: A strong Foundation for small schools," 22 Aug. 2019 When the dog excitedly jumps into the video frame, Houts grows visibly angry and reprimands Sphinx by slapping him on the head. Laura Barcella, PEOPLE.com, "PETA Responds to YouTube Star Brooke Houts Hitting, Spitting on Dog," 9 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Ethical tourism isn’t about reprimanding travelers who have ridden an elephant in the past. Ephrat Livni, Quartzy, "Celebrate World Elephant Day by not riding an elephant," 10 Aug. 2019 In another case, Cascade Cremation Center in Tualatin was reprimanded after switching the cremains of two peoplein 2016due to a labeling error. oregonlive, "State inspections of funeral homes fall short in Oregon," 15 Sep. 2019 Harvard, Georgia State University and the University of Alabama -- to name a few universities -- have all reprimanded students for racist actions. Lily Jackson | Ljackson@al.com, al, "Is Auburn’s response to Ivey blackface incident enough?," 30 Aug. 2019 Olson, who denied the charges, was reprimanded and fined for her role in that episode. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Kenny Marchant becomes fourth Texas congressman to retire as GOP exodus grows," 5 Aug. 2019 Students in low-level classes were reprimanded harsher and teachers were less lenient in letting them express themselves. Joshua Burrell, baltimoresun.com, "Joshua Burrell: Growing up black in Columbia," 1 Aug. 2019 However, when the plot was uncovered, the astronauts were reprimanded and their space exploring careers all but ended. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "How Our Trip to the Moon Pushed Innovation Here on Earth," 23 July 2019 Both during and after the Brexit campaign, Johnson was reprimanded many times, including by the UK’s statistics authority, for falsely stating that the UK sent £350 million ($437 million) to the EU each week. Cassie Werber, Quartz, "The terrifying appeal of Boris Johnson, according to a Johnson voter," 18 July 2019 More than 50 other officers are being reprimanded or suspended. Don Dahler, CBS News, "13 Philadelphia police officers to be fired over racist Facebook posts," 18 July 2019

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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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