Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) an act or expression of criticism and censure
  2. (verb, communication) rebuke formally
  3. (verb, communication) censure severely or angrily
    The deputy ragged the Prime Minister
    The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup

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Origin of the word Reprimand

  1. 1636, from Fr. r?primande, from M.Fr. reprimende "reproof," from L. reprimenda "that is to be repressed" (as in reprimenda culpa "fault to be checked"), fem. sing. of reprimendus, gerundive of reprimere "reprove" (see repress). Spelling infl. in Fr. by mander "to summon." The verb is first recorded 1681. more

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Words that sound like Reprimand

re-formed, referent, reform-minded, reformed, reprehend, reprint, reverend, reverent

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