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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ In May 1989, a registrar admitted a drink-driving charge and was severely reprimanded by the Lord Chancellor.
▪ The hapless Sidney Barnett was found guilty of assault and severely reprimanded by the court.
▪ The baffled executioners were severely reprimanded before getting another crack at Vincent.
▪ Debra remembered as a very young child being severely reprimanded by her father.
▪ Today, Dole and Barbour are gone and Gingrich stands diminished after having been reprimanded by the House for ethical misconduct.
▪ Meekins got a letter of reprimand.
▪ Forty-seven other officers were stung with lesser penalties ranging from long suspensions to letters of reprimand.
▪ The subcommittee recommended Gingrich be reprimanded.
▪ In 1990, when the ethics panel recommended a reprimand for Rep.
▪ Investigators recommended that Flynn be reprimanded for failing to get required advance clearance of his remarks from the State Department.
▪ But Democrats flatly denied that the subcommittee already had unanimously agreed to recommend a reprimand.
▪ After the trial two police officers were suspended from duty; four others were reprimanded.
▪ Breslin was sharply reprimanded for insulting an Asian-American reporter.
▪ The foreman reprimanded the workers severely for not following safety procedures.
▪ The man was released after being officially reprimanded for illegal possession of a knife.
▪ He resented being called from his office to be reprimanded.
▪ If you complain, then maybe they will be reprimanded, but then you are a dead man...
▪ Wasim, though has been reprimanded by Lancashire for comments attributed to him in this book.
▪ With some effort he looked down at his feet as if to reprimand them.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Reprimand \Rep"ri*mand\ (r?p"r?-m?nd), n. [F. r['e]primande, 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.] Severe or formal reproof; reprehension, private or public.

Goldsmith gave his landlady a sharp reprimand for her treatment of him.


Reprimand \Rep"ri*mand\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Reprimanded; p. pr. & vb. n. Reprimanding.] [Cf. F. r['e]primander. See Reprimand, n.]

  1. To reprove severely; to reprehend; to chide for a fault; to consure formally.

    Germanicus was severely reprimanded by Tiberius for traveling into Egypt without his permission.

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

    Syn: To reprove; reprehend; chide; rebuke; censure; blame. See Reprove.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1630s, from French réprimande (16c.), from Middle French reprimende "reproof," from Latin reprimenda "that is to be repressed" (as in reprimenda culpa "fault to be checked"), fem. singular of reprimendus, gerundive of reprimere "reprove" (see repress). Spelling influenced in French by mander "to summon."


1680s, from reprimand (n.) or else from French réprimander (17c.), from réprimande. Related: Reprimanded; reprimanding.


n. A severe, formal or official reproof; reprehension, rebuke, private or public. vb. To reprove in a formal or official way.

  1. n. an act or expression of criticism and censure; "he had to take the rebuke with a smile on his face" [syn: rebuke, reproof, reproval, reprehension]

  2. v. rebuke formally [syn: censure, criminate]

  3. 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" [syn: call on the carpet, rebuke, rag, trounce, reproof, lecture, jaw, dress down, call down, scold, chide, berate, bawl out, remonstrate, chew out, chew up, have words, lambaste, lambast]


A reprimand is a severe, formal or official reproof. Reprimanding takes in different forms in different legal systems. A reprimand 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.

Usage examples of "reprimand".

The latter obeyed, and, opening the door of the chamber, they passed into the anti-room, where the Baron, surprised to find all his pages asleep, stopped, and, with hasty violence, was going to reprimand them for their carelessness, when the Knight waved his hand, and looked so expressively upon the Baron, that the latter restrained his resentment, and passed on.

After the severest reprimand, he did not tremble and look at the floor but instead looked steadily at her, causing uneasy doubts to invade her mind.

The Melodist crushed several in the way of reprimand before giving up the enterprise.

Lieutenant Petter stood before Eugene, their eyes downcast, as though expecting an imperial reprimand.

Wulfric turned his quizzing glass upon the young man, unsure whether he was being subtly reprimanded for being high in the instep or whether he was being treated as some sort of comrade who was expected to agree that out-and-outers made more desirable companions than ladies with refined manners.

It seemed that about two months ago, Officer Resden had had occasion to reprimand Samosa when he caught him about to spraypaint a sidewalk in front of the Mission Street BART station.

We know Tenney was bucking authority on the job, had been reprimanded.

Deputy Hanson had already told her about the Smith and Wesson in the glove box, and her understated reprimand was well deserved.

Inspector Gabriel that he should perhaps reprimand his sidekick for such unheavenly thoughts, but he was too caught up in the action himself to bother.

Admiralty down on him like a hundred of bricks, but also the Navy Office, the Transport Board, the Victualling Office, the Secretary of State for War and the Colonies, the Home Office, and no doubt half a dozen other bodies, each better than the last at calling for accounts, dockets and vouchers, at handing down reprimands, at holding officers liable for extraordinary sums, and at involving them in endless official correspondence.

While Dixon was oblivious to this, Cerro shot the duty officer a dirty look while Command Sergeant Major Duncan grabbed the operations sergeant by the arm and quietly reprimanded him for failing to keep the duty desk neat and clear of unnecessary trash and clutter.

Anyway, declassification and even a reprimand were preferable to working under that petulant little creep.

Here, I feel, one of the older hara, stern-faced, will deliver a subtle reprimand.

On the occasion in question I had reprimanded him several times without any effect, and I was in the act of doing so again when he rushed at me.

Another time, perhaps, he might have reprimanded the Midlander for it.