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reprimand

[n. rep-ruh-mand, -mahnd; v. rep-ruh-mand, -mahnd, rep-ruh-mand, -mahnd] /n. ˈrɛp rəˌmænd, -ˌmɑnd; v. ˈrɛp rəˌmænd, -ˌmɑnd, ˌrɛp rəˈmænd, -ˈmɑnd/
noun
1.
a severe reproof or rebuke, especially a formal one by a person in authority.
verb (used with object)
2.
to reprove or rebuke severely, especially in a formal way.
Origin
1630-1640
1630-40; < French réprimande, Middle French reprimend < Latin reprimenda that is to be repressed (feminine gerund of reprimere), equivalent to re- re- + prim(ere) to press1 + -enda, feminine gerund suffix
Related forms
reprimander, noun
reprimandingly, adverb
overreprimand, verb (used with object)
unreprimanded, adjective
unreprimanding, adjective
Synonyms
1. condemnation, reprehension. 1, 2. censure. 2. condemn, reprehend. Reprimand, upbraid, admonish, censure all mean to reprove, reproach, or criticize (someone) adversely for behavior deemed reprehensible. Reprimand implies a formal rebuke, as by a superior, person in authority, or an official or official body: reprimanded by the judge and warned of a possible charge of contempt of court. Upbraid suggests relatively severe criticism, but of a less formal sort: 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: gently admonished the children to make less noise; admonished the players about promptness at practice sessions. Censure involves harsh, vehement criticism, often from an authoritative source: censured in the media for her off-the-cuff remarks; voted to censure their fellow senator.
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Examples from the web for reprimands
  • Teachers are told that they may not supplement the course materials-- reprimands to follow.
  • He also reprimands me, as moderator, for not guiding it in that direction.
  • High ranking officials are given reprimands and soldiers at the lowest possible level are sent to prison.
  • The newspaper said the four could face sanctions ranging from reprimands to suspensions.
  • One or two small reprimands for whining when, really, he was happy and full.
  • Prior warnings or reprimands are pertinent, however, if the employee does not have compelling reasons.
  • Neither will prior reprimands and warnings carry weight in all cases.
  • Recurrence of negligence after warnings or reprimands.
  • Failures to adhere to this process have ranged from dismissal of the charges to reprimands and exclusion of the evidence.
British Dictionary definitions for reprimands

reprimand

/ˈrɛprɪˌmɑːnd/
noun
1.
a reproof or formal admonition; rebuke
verb
2.
(transitive) to admonish or rebuke, esp formally; reprove
Word Origin
C17: from French réprimande, from Latin reprimenda (things) to be repressed; see repress
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Word Origin and History for reprimands

reprimand

n.

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."

v.

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

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