reprimand

Exam frequency

GRE

medium

Banks

medium

Civil Services

medium

Meaning(s)

formally express disapproval

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If you ‘reprimand’ somebody, you rebuke and officially censure them from a position of authority for doing something wrong. The word implies a severe dressing down that can cause embarrassment for the person on the receiving end. It is most commonly used in a professional context.

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Synonyms rebuke
Antonyms praise,commend,compliment

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  1. I had to severely reprimand one of my students after I caught him cheating in his end of year exam.

  2. Kevin received a formal reprimand from the boss and was warned that if he stepped out of line again he would be suspended.

  3. The disciplinary committee reprimanded the official for a dereliction of duty after she failed to report a security breach.

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