- a severe reproof or rebuke, especially a formal one by a person in authority.
- to reprove or rebuke severely, especially in a formal way.
Origin of reprimand
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Examples from the Web for reprimanding
Reprimanding him might yield horrible press for the Army, making our longest war even less popular than it is today.We Lost Soldiers in the Hunt for Bergdahl, a Guy Who Walked Off in the Dead of Night
Nathan Bradley Bethea
June 2, 2014
He might, or might not, have been pleased had he heard the reprimanding of Furneaux.The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley
His new manner showed that his eyes had been reprimanding his tongue.When Egypt Went Broke
He had been reprimanded by the Presbytery, till the Presbytery were tired of reprimanding.Merkland
After reprimanding him for his cowardice, he went with him on board the ship.Ecce Homo!
Paul Henry Thiry Baron d' Holbach
She was contented with reprimanding him severely, and ordering him from her presence.Life of Mary Queen of Scots, Volume I (of 2)
Henry Glassford Bell
- a reproof or formal admonition; rebuke
- (tr) to admonish or rebuke, esp formally; reprove
Word Origin and History for reprimanding
1630s, from French réprimande (16c.), from Middle French reprimende "reproof," from Latin reprimenda "that is to be repressed" (as in reprimenda culpa "fault to be checked"), fem. singular of reprimendus, gerundive of reprimere "reprove" (see repress). Spelling influenced in French by mander "to summon."
1680s, from reprimand (n.) or else from French réprimander (17c.), from réprimande. Related: Reprimanded; reprimanding.