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reprimand

[noun rep-ruh-mand, -mahnd; verb rep-ruh-mand, -mahnd, rep-ruh-mand, -mahnd] /noun ˈrɛp rəˌmænd, -ˌmɑnd; verb ˈrɛp rəˌmænd, -ˌmɑnd, ˌrɛp rəˈmænd, -ˈmɑnd/
noun
1.
a severe reproof or rebuke, especially a formal one by a person in authority.
verb (used with object)
2.
to reprove or rebuke severely, especially in a formal way.
Origin of reprimand
1630-1640
1630-40; < French réprimande, Middle French reprimend < Latin reprimenda that is to be repressed (feminine gerund of reprimere), equivalent to re- re- + prim(ere) to press1 + -enda, feminine gerund suffix
Related forms
reprimander, noun
reprimandingly, adverb
overreprimand, verb (used with object)
unreprimanded, adjective
unreprimanding, adjective
Synonyms
1. condemnation, reprehension. 1, 2. censure. 2. condemn, reprehend. Reprimand, upbraid, admonish, censure all mean to reprove, reproach, or criticize (someone) adversely for behavior deemed reprehensible. Reprimand implies a formal rebuke, as by a superior, person in authority, or an official or official body: reprimanded by the judge and warned of a possible charge of contempt of court. Upbraid suggests relatively severe criticism, but of a less formal sort: The minister upbraided the parishioners for their poor church attendance. Admonish refers to a more gentle warning or expression of disapproval, often including suggestions for improvement: gently admonished the children to make less noise; admonished the players about promptness at practice sessions. Censure involves harsh, vehement criticism, often from an authoritative source: censured in the media for her off-the-cuff remarks; voted to censure their fellow senator.
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  • After reprimanding him for his cowardice, he went with him on board the ship.

    Ecce Homo! Paul Henry Thiry Baron d' Holbach
  • His new manner showed that his eyes had been reprimanding his tongue.

  • Even the moments occupied in reprimanding the servant had been moments seized on as the pretext for another delay.

    The New Magdalen Wilkie Collins
  • He had been reprimanded by the Presbytery, till the Presbytery were tired of reprimanding.

    Merkland Mrs. Oliphant
  • O Ppt, I remember your reprimanding me for meddling in other people's affairs: I have enough of it now, with a wanion.

    The Journal to Stella Jonathan Swift
  • She realized that there was no use in reprimanding Katy,—the girl was simply ignorant.

  • reprimanding my delinquent hunter, and much vexed, I went back and took up my night's quarters at the old wooden hut.

  • Not only that, they took them aside afterwards and seemed to be reprimanding them.

    Rastignac the Devil Philip Jos Farmer
  • She was contented with reprimanding him severely, and ordering him from her presence.

British Dictionary definitions for reprimanding

reprimand

/ˈrɛprɪˌmɑːnd/
noun
1.
a reproof or formal admonition; rebuke
verb
2.
(transitive) to admonish or rebuke, esp formally; reprove
Word Origin
C17: from French réprimande, from Latin reprimenda (things) to be repressed; see repress
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Word Origin and History for reprimanding

reprimand

n.

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."

v.

1680s, from reprimand (n.) or else from French réprimander (17c.), from réprimande. Related: Reprimanded; reprimanding.

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