AskDefine | Define reprimand

Dictionary Definition

reprimand 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]


1 rebuke formally [syn: censure, criminate]
2 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]

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From French réprimande, from réprimer, "to repress"


  1. A severe, formal or official reproof; reprehension, private or public.


a severe, formal or official reproof; reprehension, private or public


  1. To reprove in a formal or official way.
    • 1983. Rosen, Stanley. Plato’s Sophist: The Drama of Original & Image. South Bend, Indiana, USA: St. Augustine’s Press. p. 62.
      He is struck by Antinous, who is in turn reprimanded by one of the “proud young men” courting Penelope:


to reprove in a formal or official way

Extensive Definition

A reprimand is a severe, formal or official reproof. Reprimanding takes in different forms in different legal systems, such as in UK law and American law.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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