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[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/
a severe reproof or rebuke, especially a formal one by a person in authority.
verb (used with object)
to reprove or rebuke severely, especially in a formal way.
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
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. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for reprimanded
  • The director reprimanded me and told me to run all of my work by him in the future.
  • Most have been demoted, had their pay docked, or simply been reprimanded.
  • And if your laziness and distractedness interferes with the ability of others to get their work done, you should be reprimanded.
  • State-security officers frequently reprimanded editors, or summarily banned unwanted voices from the airwaves.
  • He afterwards regretted his act and was reprimanded.
  • None of us knows if he, for example, might have a history of similar behavior for which he had been reprimanded.
  • Some editors who chose otherwise were reprimanded or removed.
  • When they ran out of tunes they were reprimanded by an aide.
  • When they raise their voices, they are reprimanded by the director for interfering with the shooting.
  • Besides grueling hours, if workers made a mistake, they were often humiliated rather than simply being reprimanded.
British Dictionary definitions for reprimanded


a reproof or formal admonition; rebuke
(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 reprimanded



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.

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