[ noun rep-ruh-mand, -mahnd; verb rep-ruh-mand, -mahnd, rep-ruh-mand, -mahnd ]
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  1. a severe reproof or rebuke, especially a formal one by a person in authority.

verb (used with object)
  1. to reprove or rebuke severely, especially in a formal way.

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

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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.

Other words for reprimand

Other words from reprimand

  • rep·ri·mand·er, noun
  • rep·ri·mand·ing·ly, adverb
  • o·ver·rep·ri·mand, verb (used with object)
  • un·rep·ri·mand·ed, adjective
  • un·rep·ri·mand·ing, adjective

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How to use reprimand in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for reprimand


/ (ˈrɛprɪˌmɑːnd) /

  1. a reproof or formal admonition; rebuke

  1. (tr) to admonish or rebuke, esp formally; reprove

Origin of reprimand

C17: from French réprimande, from Latin reprimenda (things) to be repressed; see repress

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