scolding

noun
scold·ing | \ˈskōl-diŋ \

Definition of scolding 

1 : the action of one who scolds

2 : a harsh reproof gave the child a sharp scolding for running into the road

Examples of scolding in a Sentence

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The non-church going hunter got his rights back as well — after a thorough scolding about staying out of trouble. Scott Maxwell, OrlandoSentinel.com, "In Florida, getting back civil rights means groveling to politicians," 11 July 2018 Prince Harry joined in on the fun and gave the toddler a mock scolding by wagging his finger at him. Erin Hill, PEOPLE.com, "This Toddler Couldn't Stop Touching Meghan Markle's Hair and Prince Harry Wasn't Having It!," 11 July 2018 The scolding laid bare the uncomfortably familiar spot that Mr. Mnuchin finds himself in: trying to be a voice of moderation and a statesman in an administration that sees diplomatic norms and protocols as signs of weakness. Alan Rappeport, New York Times, "How Mnuchin Keeps a Steady Grip in a Tug of War on Trade," 3 June 2018 After a scolding, an African American child might refrain from speaking in vernacular English at school. Sonia Rao, chicagotribune.com, "'What's up with that white voice?': The tricky art of linguistic code-switching," 14 July 2018 The minister of foreign affairs summoned the ambassador for a scolding. New York Times, "In Troubled Cameroon, U.S. Envoy Is Accused of Election Meddling," 12 July 2018 There’s been plenty of rhetoric from the president of the United States directed toward the NFL, including his scolding of players getting involved in politics. Jenny Vrentas, SI.com, "For Many NFL Players, Summer Doesn't Bring Much of a Break," 9 July 2018 Snap boy center Ian Park rolled Carson Wentz’s first snap under his arms and had to endure a scolding from Pederson. Jeff Mclane, Philly.com, "Eagles practice observations: Carson Wentz's arm strength; Philly Special redux; quarterback golf," 14 June 2018 Despite the scolding from McCarthy, two more Republicans signed onto the petition Wednesday. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "House conservatives aim to derail farm bill over immigration," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of scolding

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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