Definition of reprimand in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈreprəˌmand/


A rebuke, especially an official one.
Example sentences
  • The destruction of the Afghan Buddhas was met with reprimands from our officials, while ancient religious sites in our own country are being turned into quarries.
  • By way of reprimand, Othello was forced to demote Cassio, a severe blow to the high-ranking officer.
  • When she insults Miss Bates at Box Hill, Mr. Knightley's reprimand really shames her.
rebuke, reproof, admonishment, admonition, reproach, scolding, upbraiding, finger-wagging, censure
informal rap over the knuckles, slap on the wrist, dressing-down, talking-to, earful, roasting, tongue-lashing
formal castigation


[with object]
Rebuke (someone), especially officially: officials were dismissed or reprimanded for poor work
More example sentences
  • In fact, he was reprimanding some poor girl in front of her for not knowing the answer to a question, but Cath was careful to keep her eyes on him for the rest of the class period, lest he call on her.
  • The Director reprimands him harshly in front of all the people at the meeting as a conspirator and suggests his deportation.
  • Con's grandmother reprimands him for coming in late last night.
rebuke, admonish, chastise, chide, upbraid, reprove, reproach, scold, berate, take to task, lambaste, give someone a piece of one's mind, rake/haul over the coals, lecture, criticize, censure
informal come down on, give someone a talking-to, tell off, dress down, give someone a dressing-down, give someone an earful, give someone a roasting, rap over the knuckles, rap, slap someone's wrist, bawl out, lay into, lace into, blast, give someone what for, chew out, ream out
formal castigate


Mid 17th century: from French réprimande, via Spanish from Latin reprimenda 'things to be held in check', neuter plural gerundive of reprimere (see repress).

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Syllabification: rep·ri·mand

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