What does reprimand mean?

Definitions for reprimand
ˈrɛp rəˌmænd, -ˌmɑndrep·ri·mand

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rebuke, reproof, reproval, reprehension, reprimandverb

    an act or expression of criticism and censure

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

  2. reprimand, censure, criminateverb

    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, lambastverb

    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"


  1. reprimandnoun

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

  2. reprimandverb

    To reprove in a formal or official way.

  3. Etymology: From réprimande, from réprimer.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Reprimandnoun

    Reproof; reprehension.

    Etymology: reprimande, reprimende, Fr. from the verb.

    He inquires how such an one’s wife or son do, whom he does not see at church; which is understood as a secret reprimand to the person absent. Joseph Addison, Spectator, № 112.

  2. To Reprimandverb

    To chide; to check; to reprehend; to reprove.

    Etymology: reprimander, Fr. reprimo, Lat.

    Germanicus was severely reprimanded by Tiberius, for travelling into Egypt without his permission. Arbuthnot.


  1. Reprimand

    A reprimand is a severe, formal or official reproof. Reprimanding takes in different forms in different legal systems. A reprimand in custody may be a formal legal action issued by a government agency or professional governing board (e.g. medical board, bar council). It may also be an administrative warning issued by an employer or school.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reprimandnoun

    severe or formal reproof; reprehension, private or public

  2. Reprimandnoun

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

  3. Reprimandnoun

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

  4. Etymology: [F. rprimande, fr. L. reprimendus, reprimenda, that is to be checked or suppressed, fr. reprimere to check, repress; pref. re- re + premere to press. See Press, and cf. Repress.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Reprimand

    rep′ri-mand, or -mand′, n. a severe reproof.—v.t. to chide: to reprove severely: to administer reproof publicly or officially. [O. Fr.,—L. reprimendumreprimĕre, repressum, to press back—re-, back, primĕre, to press.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. reprimand

    A formal reproof for error or misconduct, conveyed sometimes publicly, sometimes confidentially, sometimes by sentence of court-martial, or on the judgment, mature or otherwise, of a superior.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. reprimand

    A reproof for some error or misconduct. A reprimand is sometimes publicly conveyed to officers, either in orders or at the head of a regiment, by direction of the President or a general officer in command. Non-commissioned officers and privates are sometimes reprimanded. See Appendix, Articles of War, 52.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reprimand in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reprimand in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of reprimand in a Sentence

  1. Rodrigo Duterte:

    These white people, those from [the European Union], the ignorant Americans, pretending to be, this Obama, you are so black and arrogant. [He] reprimanded me. Why you reprimand me? I’m the president of a country.

  2. Frank L. Boyden:

    I never reprimand a boy in the evening-darkness and a troubled mind are a poor combination.

  3. Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong:

    Officers have been held accountable from written reprimand up to several suspensions.

  4. Texas Tech statement:

    Adams was encouraging the student-athlete to be more receptive to coaching and referenced Bible verses about workers, teachers, parents, and slaves serving their masters. Adams immediately addressed this with the team and apologized, upon learning of the incident, Hocutt addressed this matter with Adams and issued him a written reprimand. Hocutt subsequently made the decision to suspend Adams effective immediately in order to conduct a more thorough inquiry of Adams’ interactions with his players and staff.

  5. Paul Caldarella:

    Even if teachers praised as much as they reprimanded, students' on-task behavior reached 60 %, however, if teachers could increase their praise to reprimand ratio to 2:1 or higher, they would see even more improvements in the classroom.

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