- 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 reprimands
Tancharoen: And then [Marvel Television head] Jeph Loeb comes in and reprimands us for it.The Leaner, Meaner Season 2 of ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’
September 22, 2014
In a clip from the season, Berman reprimands Stodden: “No more beauty pageant answers!”Too Close for Comfort: ‘Couples Therapy’ for Courtney Stodden on VH1
Maria Elena Fernandez
October 1, 2012
But the barbed tone of their reprimands, their raised voices, made clear there was something else going on here.Tears of Gaza: Why Context Matters
September 25, 2012
He was careless of his duty, and equally careless to the reprimands that followed.The Road to Frontenac
His brothers incur all kinds of reprimands, and under them he also suffers much.The Son of a Servant
She had so little time to devote to him, that it seemed cruel to spend it in reprimands.File No. 113
Her exhortations were delicious, her reprimands exquisite, her patience was infinite.Mr. Prohack
E. Arnold Bennett
Reprimands are not very heavy to bear; would to heaven I were free at that price!The Impostures of Scapin
- a reproof or formal admonition; rebuke
- (tr) to admonish or rebuke, esp formally; reprove
Word Origin and History for reprimands
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.