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reprimand

[noun rep-ruh-mand, -mahnd; verb rep-ruh-mand, -mahnd, rep-ruh-mand, -mahnd]
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noun
  1. a severe reproof or rebuke, especially a formal one by a person in authority.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to reprove or rebuke severely, especially in a formal way.
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Origin of reprimand

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 formsrep·ri·mand·er, nounrep·ri·mand·ing·ly, adverbo·ver·rep·ri·mand, verb (used with object)un·rep·ri·mand·ed, adjectiveun·rep·ri·mand·ing, adjective

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1. condemnation, reprehension. 1, 2. censure. 2. condemn, reprehend.

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2. 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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Historical Examples

  • Bennie chortled and drooled vita-meal at his high-chair, unreprimanded.

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  • Yet John sat for two days on the stairs outside the sick man's room, after the accident, unnoticed and unreprimanded.


British Dictionary definitions for unreprimanded

reprimand

noun
  1. a reproof or formal admonition; rebuke
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verb
  1. (tr) to admonish or rebuke, esp formally; reprove
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Word Origin

C17: from French réprimande, from Latin reprimenda (things) to be repressed; see repress
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Word Origin and History for unreprimanded

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."

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reprimand

v.

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

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