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reprimand

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an often public or formal expression of disapproval
  • while reviewing the troops, the officer delivered a curt reprimand to one of the soldiers

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reprimand

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Synonyms & Antonyms of reprimand (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to criticize (someone) severely or angrily especially for personal failings
  • reprimanded the summer intern for her constant tardiness

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2 to criticize (someone) usually gently so as to correct a fault
  • reprimanded the student for using the lax grammar and punctuation of text messaging in a term paper

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3 to express public or formal disapproval of
  • the president was forced to reprimand the general for publicly voicing his disagreements with the nation's foreign policy

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How does the verb reprimand contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of reprimand are admonish, chide, rebuke, reproach, and reprove. While all these words mean "to criticize adversely," reprimand implies a severe, formal, often public or official rebuke.

reprimanded by the ethics committee

Where would admonish be a reasonable alternative to reprimand?

The synonyms admonish and reprimand are sometimes interchangeable, but admonish suggests earnest or friendly warning and counsel.

admonished by my parents to control expenses

When would rebuke be a good substitute for reprimand?

Although the words rebuke and reprimand have much in common, rebuke suggests a sharp or stern reproof.

the papal letter rebuked dissenting clerics

How do reproach and chide relate to one another, in the sense of reprimand?

Both reproach and chide suggest displeasure or disappointment expressed in mild reproof or scolding.

reproached him for tardiness

chided by their mother for untidiness

In what contexts can reprove take the place of reprimand?

The meanings of reprove and reprimand largely overlap; however, reprove implies an often kindly intent to correct a fault.

gently reproved my table manners

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The first known use of reprimand was in 1636

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“Reprimand.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/reprimand. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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