- a severe reproof or rebuke, especially a formal one by a person in authority.
verb (used with object)
- to reprove or rebuke severely, especially in a formal way.
- a reproof or formal admonition; rebuke
- (tr) to admonish or rebuke, esp formally; reprove
n.1630s, from French réprimande (16c.), from Middle French reprimende “reproof,” from Latin reprimenda “that is to be repressed” (as in reprimenda culpa “fault to be checked”), fem. singular of reprimendus, gerundive of reprimere “reprove” (see repress). Spelling influenced in French by mander “to summon.” v.1680s, from reprimand (n.) or else from French réprimander (17c.), from réprimande. Related: Reprimanded; reprimanding.