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Definition of "reprimand" []

  • To reprove severely, especially in a formal or official way. See Synonyms at admonish. (verb-transitive)
  • A severe, formal, or official rebuke or censure. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "reprimand" in a sentence
  • "I can't imagine the uproar if on Mother's Day he told mothers to get off their butts, turn off the boob-tube electric babysitter and stop shopping around for ADHD diagnoses because they can't control their kid after telling him/her day in day out that they're the smartest, the most handsome/beautiful and calling the school to complain every time the kid gets a bad grade or a reprimand from a teacher."
  • "Then, after a reprimand from the presiding judge, Wilders claimed a fair trial was no longer possible."
  • "Also, if he turned back to Papeete, he would delay the execution at Atimaono, and if he were wrong in turning back, he would get a reprimand from the sergeant who was waiting for the prisoner."