Definitions for reprimandˈrɛp rəˌmænd, -ˌmɑnd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

rep•ri•mand*ˈrɛp rəˌmænd, -ˌmɑnd(n.)

  1. a severe rebuke, esp. a formal or official one.

  2. (v.t.)to reprove or rebuke severely.

* Syn: reprimand , upbraid , admonish , censure mean to criticize or find fault with someone for behavior deemed reprehensible. reprimand implies a formal criticism, as by an official or person in authority: The lawyer was reprimanded by the judge.upbraid suggests relatively severe criticism, but of a less formal kind: 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: I admonished the children to make less noise.censure suggests harsh, vehement criticism, often from an authoritative source: The legislators voted to censure their fellow senator.

Origin of reprimand:

1630–40; < F réprimande, MF reprimend < L reprimenda that is to be repressed, neut. pl. ger. of reprimere to repress

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rebuke, reproof, reproval, reprehension, reprimand(verb)

    an act or expression of criticism and censure

    "he had to take the rebuke with a smile on his face"

  2. reprimand, censure, criminate(verb)

    rebuke formally

  3. call on the carpet, take to task, rebuke, rag, trounce, reproof, lecture, reprimand, jaw, dress down, call down, scold, chide, berate, bawl out, remonstrate, chew out, chew up, have words, lambaste, lambast(verb)

    censure severely or angrily

    "The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car"; "The deputy ragged the Prime Minister"; "The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. reprimand(verb)ˈrɛp rəˌmænd, -ˌmɑnd

    to officially tell sb they have done sth wrong

    The principal reprimanded the teacher for swearing in class.

  2. reprimand(noun)ˈrɛp rəˌmænd, -ˌmɑnd

    sth that tells sb they have done sth wrong

    He received a reprimand and a fine.


  1. reprimand(Noun)

    A severe, formal or official reproof; reprehension, rebuke, private or public.

  2. reprimand(Verb)

    To reprove in a formal or official way.

  3. Origin: From réprimande, from réprimer.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reprimand(noun)

    severe or formal reproof; reprehension, private or public

  2. Reprimand(noun)

    to reprove severely; to reprehend; to chide for a fault; to consure formally

  3. Reprimand(noun)

    to reprove publicly and officially, in execution of a sentence; as, the court ordered him to be reprimanded


  1. Reprimand

    A reprimand is a severe, formal or official reproof. Reprimanding takes in different forms in different legal systems depending on country or, in the United States, state. A reprimand may be issued by a government agency, an employer or a governing board.

Translations for reprimand

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(especially of a person in authority) to speak or write angrily or severely to (someone) because he has done wrong; to rebuke

The soldier was severely reprimanded for being drunk.

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