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reprimand

noun

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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

verb

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1 to criticize (someone) severely or angrily especially for personal failings
  • reprimanded the summer intern for her constant tardiness
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lay into, read the riot act (to), take to task

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2 to criticize (someone) 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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burn one's ears, get after, get on

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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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bring to account, call to account

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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


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