- The definition of a reprimand is a severe or formal scolding by a person of power.
An example of reprimand is a group of teenagers being told by a police officer they are wrong to be in the park after it's closed.
- Reprimand is defined as to severely or formally scold someone.
An example of reprimand is being asked to leave a restaurant by the restaurant manager.
Origin: Fr réprimande from Classical Latin reprimenda, feminine of reprimendus, that is to be repressed from reprimere, to repress: see re- and amp; press
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transitive verb rep·ri·mand·ed, rep·ri·mand·ing, rep·ri·mands
Origin: French réprimander, from réprimande, a reprimand, alteration (influenced by mander, to order) of obsolete reprimende, from Latin reprimenda (culpa), (fault) to be repressed, feminine gerundive of reprimere, to restrain; see repress.