Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To reprove severely, especially in a formal or official way. See Synonyms at admonish.
  • n. A severe, formal, or official rebuke or censure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To reprove severely; to reprehend; to chide for a fault; to censure formally.
  • transitive v. To reprove publicly and officially, in execution of a sentence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To reprove severely; reprehend; chide for a fault.
  • Synonyms Rebuke, etc. See censure.
  • n. Severe reproof for a fault; reprehension, private or public.
  • n. Synonyms Monition, Reprehension, etc. See admonition.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. rebuke formally
  • n. an act or expression of criticism and censure
  • v. censure severely or angrily

Etymologies

French réprimander, from réprimande, a reprimand, alteration (influenced by mander, to order) of obsolete reprimende, from Latin reprimenda (culpa), (fault) to be repressed, feminine gerundive of reprimere, to restrain; see repress.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French réprimande, from réprimer ("to repress"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I can't imagine the uproar if on Mother's Day he told mothers to get off their butts, turn off the boob-tube electric babysitter and stop shopping around for ADHD diagnoses because they can't control their kid after telling him/her day in day out that they're the smartest, the most handsome/beautiful and calling the school to complain every time the kid gets a bad grade or a reprimand from a teacher.

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  • Then, after a reprimand from the presiding judge, Wilders claimed a fair trial was no longer possible.

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  • Also, if he turned back to Papeete, he would delay the execution at Atimaono, and if he were wrong in turning back, he would get a reprimand from the sergeant who was waiting for the prisoner.

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  • Seeing Mr. Cunningham bust Mr. McCain's chops for even issuing a reprimand is evidence to me that the GOP will be the party to tear itself apart over identity politics, not the Democrats.

    Your Right Hand Thief

  • I will now, more than likely, face some form of reprimand from a Chief Inspector (but more likely my Superintendent) and my name will be forever ‘mud’ in their opinion.

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  • It is very obvious here that Patterson got a strong reprimand from the Clintons.

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  • Ah tis true tis true, even a reprimand from the host was not enough for me to embrace galdiatorial combat with my work today, but fear not - I had a cunning plan.

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  • That incident resulted in a letter of reprimand from the Union County Prosecutor.

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  • But, she failed to report until after the election that a notable part of her self-financing was actually merely a loan to her campaign, for which she earned a reprimand from the FEC.

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  • But the disruption caused by DeBerry's comments and a public reprimand from the school weren't what hurt the Falcons on Saturday, DeBerry said.

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  • If employees are caught gossiping, they are reprimanded (ditegur), and if they continue, they are fired. ODB Oct-27, 2011.

    October 27, 2011