Definition of reprimand in English:



  • A formal expression of disapproval.

    ‘the golfer received a reprimand for a breach of rules’
    • ‘Many believe the admission of shortcomings was in response to Chinese President Hu Jintao's public reprimand of Tung and his ministers last month.’
    • ‘By way of reprimand, Othello was forced to demote Cassio, a severe blow to the high-ranking officer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Although Mutius's death is horrific in its own right, Rome does not reprimand Titus for his action.’
    • ‘They both received a written reprimand and were ordered to pay significant costs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His behavior, which did not go unnoticed, became the subject of a formal reprimand by the Cliburn Foundation chairman.’
    • ‘The destruction of the Afghan Buddhas was met with reprimands from our officials, while ancient religious sites in our own country are being turned into quarries.’
    • ‘Next port of call is the Council of Ministers where tomorrow evening the commission's recommendation to formally reprimand Ireland will be carried.’
    • ‘Both Steinhardt and the secret police seem to have shared the belief that the complex process of religious conversion that the writer underwent while in prison was a personal matter and as such deserved no reprimand.’
    • ‘For bragging about the size of her sub, Kathryn Bigelow earns a reprimand from this court.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Although one American Eastern Catholic bishop has recently ordained a married man in America without reprimand from the Vatican, most Eastern bishops simply lack the courage to act on what the law clearly permits.’
    • ‘It's against the gentlemanly rules to run a business from Parliament and so an unofficial reprimand was dished out.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Analysts have interpreted the letter as a veiled reprimand to the United States.’
    • ‘All were found guilty, receiving sentences varying from discharge and detention to a fine and reprimand.’
    • ‘When behavior improves, reprimands may not be necessary any longer.’
    • ‘He could avoid expulsion and imprisonment if the full 435-member House decides to enforce censure, a reprimand or fines.’
    • ‘This court reprimands Universal and any studio that releases sub-standard product.’
    • ‘Laurel trudged up the front walk and through her front door, bracing herself for her mother's screeching reprimands.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Finally, God's absence, reflected in his impossibility to offer neither reprimand nor comfort, is mirrored in a simulation of authorial impotence.’
    • ‘The captain says he ought to flog all of them, but because they surrendered early, he will make do with just a reprimand.’
    • ‘Universal is given a reprimand for some poor decisions concerning the making of this set.’
    • ‘Zeus observes that Achilles is fasting and reprimands Athena.’
    • ‘In the end he got away with a fine and a reprimand, and the woodblocks for a satirical triptych were destroyed’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sanctions for violating the Circular include a private reprimand, censure, suspension or disbarment from practice before the IRS.’
    • ‘He encourages Dante to learn from what he sees and reprimands Dante when he sympathizes with the sinners.’
    • ‘When she insults Miss Bates at Box Hill, Mr. Knightley's reprimand really shames her.’
    • ‘Still the degree of solidarity expressed by our US friends since last Monday's EU reprimand over Irish budgetary policy was impressive.’
    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’
    • ‘Last year, a major accountancy firm was reprimanded by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland for carrying out a sub-standard audit.’
    • ‘When it was concluded that he hadn't downloaded kiddie porn he was reprimanded and reassigned but not terminated.’
    • ‘Solicitors who breach the rules may be reprimanded or charged with misconduct.’
    • ‘The Director reprimands him harshly in front of all the people at the meeting as a conspirator and suggests his deportation.’
    • ‘Con's grandmother reprimands him for coming in late last night.’
    • ‘The council has the authority to ‘uphold complaints’, where it issues a statement reprimanding the broadcaster.’
    • ‘It was a work tool first and a social catalyst second, the thought of abusing it couldn't be further from peoples minds, let alone they consider they may be monitored or even reprimanded for it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Although the female operatives were initially encouraged to work as they pleased, they were quickly reprimanded for talking too much.’
    • ‘A Northampton company was reprimanded by the Advertising Standards Authority after it used scare tactics to sell anti-radiation mobile phone products.’
    • ‘Kate reprimands him and advises Celie to fight in order to survive.’
    • ‘A spokeswoman for Tiscali UK added that the moderator at the centre of the incident would be reprimanded.’
    • ‘It was noisy, hot and vast - so vast I often got lost and was reprimanded for skiving off.’
    • ‘It is governed automatically by scripts that do the specific bidding of their creators both to help and to reprimand users of the protocol.’
    • ‘Things go from bad to worse as Nick returns to the stall moaning about being reprimanded by a security guard for handing out flyers.’
    • ‘Carol is constantly being reprimanded for her childishly irresponsible antics by her disapproving child, Denise.’
    • ‘The prosecution team is reprimanded for repeatedly bringing Ms. Starling, Dr. Lecter, and their companions before this bench.’
    • ‘Mr. Knightley reprimands her for this behavior, and she feels terrible.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, at the precinct, he is reprimanded, told to take a holiday, have his back fixed and stop embarrassing the NYPD.’
    • ‘Macomb reprimanded the assistant, who eventually resigned.’
    • ‘Then, while still in the changed garments, Edward noticed Tom's bruised hand and went out to reprimand the guard who had caused it.’
    • ‘The accountancy firm was reprimanded regarding its audit of that company.’
    • ‘She's reprimanded for something she didn't do, is demoted and finally grounded altogether.’
    • ‘In fact, he was reprimanding some poor girl in front of her for not knowing the answer to a question, but Cath was careful to keep her eyes on him for the rest of the class period, lest he call on her.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was obvious from the pleasant expression on his face that he was only jesting, but judging solely from the tone of his voice, a passerby would've thought he was a father reprimanding an insolent child.’
    • ‘The advertising watchdog has reprimanded a company for sending an offensive text message calling for consumers to upgrade their mobile phone.’
    • ‘Jacobi herself seems to have preferred an historical approach to her photographs, for in the film she reprimands her interviewer.’
    • ‘In December 1653, he was reprimanded by his peers and fined for neglect of duty; many subsequent warnings went unheeded.’
    • ‘In 1932 the cast would have been severely reprimanded backstage afterwards - and worse!’
    • ‘However, Universal Studios is hereby reprimanded for pulling a fast one on its audience with another schlocky full-frame presentation.’
    • ‘This dinner guest then begins to crow loudly at the dinner table, until she is strictly reprimanded by Monsieur Maillard to behave properly.’
    • ‘She could easily have ruined his career with a harassment suit but instead chose to just walk away, and he's insisting we reprimand her for doing so.’
    • ‘Anse reprimands his boys for being disrespectful of himself and his wife.’
    • ‘If a complaint is upheld, the society may reprimand the solicitor in writing or ask its disciplinary tribunal to consider an allegation of misconduct.’
    • ‘‘The person who did this has been reprimanded and has now left the company,’ he added.’
    rebuke, admonish, chastise, chide, upbraid, reprove, reproach, scold, remonstrate with, berate, take to task, pull up, castigate, lambaste, 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).