Definition of reprimand in English:

reprimand

Line breaks: rep¦ri|mand
Pronunciation: /ˈrɛprɪmɑːnd
 
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noun

A formal expression of disapproval: the golfer received a reprimand for a breach of rules
More example sentences
  • They both received a written reprimand and were ordered to pay significant costs.
  • His behavior, which did not go unnoticed, became the subject of a formal reprimand by the Cliburn Foundation chairman.
  • Among other unfair treatments she made him mop the floor and issued formal warnings for relatively minor offences for which female employees received mild, informal reprimands.
Synonyms
informal telling-off, rap, rap over the knuckles, slap on the wrist, flea in one's ear, dressing-down, earful, roasting, tongue-lashing, bawling-out, caning, blast
British informal ticking off, carpeting, wigging, rollicking, rocket, row
Australian/New Zealand informal serve
British vulgar slang bollocking
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verb

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Address a reprimand to: officials were reprimanded for poor work
More example sentences
  • He came to the attention of the authorities only because, returning one day from hunting, he had shot a tame bird; reprimanded by a bystander, he replied that if the man would only stay while he charged his piece, he would shoot him too.
  • In 1932 the cast would have been severely reprimanded backstage afterwards - and worse!
  • Things go from bad to worse as Nick returns to the stall moaning about being reprimanded by a security guard for handing out flyers.
Synonyms

Origin

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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