• WordNet 3.6
    • v reprimand rebuke formally
    • v reprimand 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"
    • n reprimand an act or expression of criticism and censure "he had to take the rebuke with a smile on his face"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Being rude to a telephone operator in Prussia was once a crime. In 1908, a respected citizen was reprimanded by the government after becoming exasperated with an operator and saying "My dear girl!"
    • n Reprimand Severe or formal reproof; reprehension, private or public. "Goldsmith gave his landlady a sharp reprimand for her treatment of him."
    • Reprimand To reprove publicly and officially, in execution of a sentence; as, the court ordered him to be reprimanded .
    • Reprimand To reprove severely; to reprehend; to chide for a fault; to consure formally. "Germanicus was severely reprimanded by Tiberius for traveling into Egypt without his permission."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n reprimand Severe reproof for a fault; reprehension, private or public.
    • n reprimand Synonyms Monition, Reprehension, etc. See admonition.
    • reprimand To reprove severely; reprehend; chide for a fault.
    • reprimand Synonyms Rebuke, etc. See censure.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Reprimand rep′ri-mand or -mand′ a severe reproof
    • v.t Reprimand to chide: to reprove severely: to administer reproof publicly or officially
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. réprimande, fr,. L. reprimendus, reprimenda, that is to be checked or suppressed, fr. reprimere, to check, repress; pref. re-, re + premere, to press. See Press, and cf. Repress


In literature:

When transgressors are dismissed with a reprimand an eye is kept on them for a year.
"The Foundations of Japan" by J.W. Robertson Scott
The matron looked that way and reprimanded the woman sharply.
"The Road" by Jack London
You are the English officer who behaved so insolently and got me reprimanded.
"Mr. Fortescue" by William Westall
The painter's first marriage was not happy; he was even publicly reprimanded for cruelty to his wife.
"A Wanderer in Holland" by E. V. Lucas
James obeyed the summons, wondering whether he was to receive any reprimand for duty unfulfilled.
"From Canal Boy to President" by Horatio Alger, Jr.
He was reprimanded for his activity and ordered transferred to the stockyards, eleven miles away.
"A New Conscience And An Ancient Evil" by Jane Addams
Sloth and torpor are as harmful to spiritual progress as evil desires and as often reprimanded.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
Howel bore the summing up of the judge and his severe reprimand with indifference.
"Gladys, the Reaper" by Anne Beale
The principal's reprimand had been so severe that even mischievous Julia felt obliged to go softly.
"Grace Harlowe's Sophomore Year at High School" by Jessie Graham Flower
The total result of this was that Jane Brown was reprimanded by the First Assistant, and learned some things about ethics.
"Love Stories" by Mary Roberts Rinehart

In poetry:

These I mutely stand for
Though the sight offend,
THIS I reprimand for;
Take it from a friend:
"To A Light Housekeeper" by Franklin Pierce Adams
I would reprimand your lapses,
Seeing how ungratefully
You, my son, towards me have acted.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
And homeward with their glittering scythes
The mowers came, and paused to say
Some playful reprimand (the tithes
Of our thus idling all the day) --
"Rhyme of my Playmate" by Alice Cary
Life is too short to waste
The critic bite or cynic bark,
Quarrel, or reprimand;
'Twill soon be dark;
Up! mind thine own aim, and
God speed the mark.
"To J.W." by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Posed as Young Ithuriel, resolute and grim,
Till he found promotion didn't come to him;
Till he found that reprimands weekly were his lot,
And his many Districts curiously hot.
"The Man Who Could Write" by Rudyard Kipling
The wish made known for some will do,
And some a gentle frown would rue
And feel extremely sad;
While others need a sterner look,
A reprimand, or sharp rebuke,
And sometimes e'en the rod.
"The Teacher's Soliloquy" by Jared Barhite

In news:

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — The Big 12 says it will issue Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville a public reprimand for his sideline outburst at a graduate assistant during last weekend's double overtime win against Kansas.
Conference spokesman Bob Burda said Wednesday that Commissioner Bob Bowlsby issued the reprimand verbally.
House votes to reprimand Rep Sally Kern.
House votes to reprimand Rep Sally.
The Oklahoma State House of Representatives voted 76-16 Monday to reprimand Rep Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, for comments she made last week that were taken as offensive to minorities and women.
Pharmacy dodged reprimand after protest.
Jean-Eric Vergne has been given a reprimand for not stopping at the weighbridge after his qualifying effort at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Donated ROPD light bars cause Dallas reprimand .
High court rules against bar's public reprimand .
Big 12 to reprimand Tuberville publicly.
The agency said the reprimands will be reported to the Georgia Supreme Court, but their content will remain private.
Council Reprimand Brings Heated Discussion.
For the first time since being reprimanded by the South Dakota Open Meetings Commission, the Sioux Falls City Council met publicly Monday afternoon.
One council member calls the reprimand embarrassing.
The Indiana Supreme Court issued a public reprimand against Hamilton Superior Judge William J Hughes, the disciplinary sanction stemming from an out-of-state drunk driving arrest.