Meaning of reprimand


If you’re reprimanded, someone in authority speaks to you in an angry way because you’ve done something wrong. Or you might reprimand your dog if he steals your hot dog.

The House of Representatives has a couple of ways to punish naughty members. One way is to reprimand them by voting to express disapproval. In 2009, Representative Joe Wilson was reprimanded after his outburst of “You lie!” during President Obama’s speech. In the halls of Congress, this is considered “unparliamentary language,” but if you yell at your congressman, that’s okay.

Definitions of reprimand
  1. noun

    an act or expression of criticism and censure


    rebuke, reprehension, reproof, reproval

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    riot act

    a vigorous reprimand
    chiding, objurgation, scolding, tongue-lashing

    rebuking a person harshly
    what for

    a strong reprimand
    bawling out, castigation, chewing out, dressing down, earful, going-over, upbraiding

    a severe scolding
    berating, blowing up

    a severe rebuke

    a mild rebuke or criticism
    lecture, speech, talking to

    a lengthy rebuke
    chastening, chastisement, correction

    a rebuke for making a mistake
    admonishment, admonition, monition

    a firm rebuke
    preaching, sermon

    a moralistic rebuke
    wig, wigging

    British slang for a scolding
    self-reproach, self-reproof

    the act of blaming yourself
    blame, rap

    a reproach for some lapse or misdeed
    curtain lecture

    a private lecture to a husband by his wife
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    criticism, unfavorable judgment

    disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings

  2. verb

    rebuke formally


    censure, criminate

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    express blame or censure or make a harshly critical remark
    type of:

    criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart

    find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws

  3. verb

    censure severely or angrily


    bawl out, berate, call down, call on the carpet, chew out, chew up, chide, dress down, have words, jaw, lambast, lambaste, lecture, rag, rebuke, remonstrate, reproof, scold, take to task, trounce, vituperate

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    castigate, chasten, chastise, correct, objurgate

    censure severely
    brush down, tell off


    criticize harshly, usually via an electronic medium
    type of:

    criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart

    find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws

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