Meaning of reprimand in English:


Pronunciation /ˈrɛprɪmɑːnd/

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  • A formal expression of disapproval.

    ‘the golfer received a reprimand for a breach of rules’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It should also be noted that Harper bravely made those statements outside of the House of Commons because he would receive a severe reprimand for using unparliamentary language.’
    • ‘The Irish position has caused resentment among our partners, which was partly responsible for the reprimand of Minister McCreevey by his EU colleagues at the ECOFIN meeting.’
    • ‘He could avoid expulsion and imprisonment if the full 435-member House decides to enforce censure, a reprimand or fines.’
    • ‘Agency leaders confirming this with Congress each year generally can avoid anything stronger than a verbal reprimand about their job performance, no matter how dismal security really is back home.’
    • ‘Sanctions for violating the Circular include a private reprimand, censure, suspension or disbarment from practice before the IRS.’
    • ‘The probe is being run parallel to a provincial government investigation, which resulted in six workers at the Ministry of Natural Resources being sacked and 187 others getting reprimands.’
    • ‘It's against the gentlemanly rules to run a business from Parliament and so an unofficial reprimand was dished out.’
    • ‘Analysts have interpreted the letter as a veiled reprimand to the United States.’
    • ‘The PCEC determined that Bill had breached Bylaw 311, but recommended only an anonymous reprimand since he had taken steps to remedy the problem as soon as he'd become aware of the bylaw.’
    • ‘Eighteen others received letters of reprimand and are likely to be suspended without pay for periods of five to 45 days depending on their level of involvement, the Agency said.’
    rebuke, reproof, admonishment, admonition, reproach, reproval, scolding, remonstration, upbraiding, castigation, lambasting, lecture, criticism, censure
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[with object]
  • Address a reprimand to.

    ‘officials were reprimanded for poor work’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was noisy, hot and vast - so vast I often got lost and was reprimanded for skiving off.’
    • ‘However, Universal Studios is hereby reprimanded for pulling a fast one on its audience with another schlocky full-frame presentation.’
    • ‘A Northampton company was reprimanded by the Advertising Standards Authority after it used scare tactics to sell anti-radiation mobile phone products.’
    • ‘The advertising watchdog has reprimanded a company for sending an offensive text message calling for consumers to upgrade their mobile phone.’
    • ‘Although the female operatives were initially encouraged to work as they pleased, they were quickly reprimanded for talking too much.’
    • ‘Aside from having the charges against him dropped, Cowpland was going to be reprimanded and barred from being a company director for two years.’
    • ‘A spokeswoman for Tiscali UK added that the moderator at the centre of the incident would be reprimanded.’
    • ‘Carol is constantly being reprimanded for her childishly irresponsible antics by her disapproving child, Denise.’
    • ‘The council has the authority to ‘uphold complaints’, where it issues a statement reprimanding the broadcaster.’
    • ‘Last year, a major accountancy firm was reprimanded by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland for carrying out a sub-standard audit.’
    • ‘A number of the officers who were found guilty in civil cases of abuse against me are still on patrol and none have to my knowledge been reprimanded in any way.’
    • ‘The insurance industry, which has been publicly reprimanded over rising premiums, has indicated that its risk strategy will be based on a government review of flood risk areas.’
    • ‘The accountancy firm was reprimanded regarding its audit of that company.’
    • ‘If a complaint is upheld, the society may reprimand the solicitor in writing or ask its disciplinary tribunal to consider an allegation of misconduct.’
    • ‘Solicitors who breach the rules may be reprimanded or charged with misconduct.’
    rebuke, admonish, chastise, chide, upbraid, reprove, reproach, scold, remonstrate with, berate, take to task, pull up, castigate, lambast, read someone the Riot Act, give someone a piece of one's mind, lecture, criticize, censure
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Mid 17th century from French réprimande, via Spanish from Latin reprimenda, ‘things to be held in check’, neuter plural gerundive of reprimere (see repress).