What are verbs of phrases describing making a strict remark condemning someone's wrong behavior to one's face? For example, when a pupil keeps chatting during a class and the teacher asks him to stop.

  • You mean something like "Stop it immediately" or "Stop it now"? Commented May 3, 2017 at 12:47
  • @SovereignSun what the teacher actually says doesn't matter, I mean only the situation in general.
    – olegst
    Commented May 3, 2017 at 12:48
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    Or maybe "reprimand" or "call-down"? Maybe even "rebuke" or "scold"? Commented May 3, 2017 at 13:01
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    Reprimand -- @SovereignSun is perfect. We also used to say, "He's been "schooled".
    – WRX
    Commented May 3, 2017 at 13:26
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    There are many, many possible answers to this question. Can you narrow down a bit more what you are looking for? (Formal/informal? Severe/gentle?)
    – Adam
    Commented May 3, 2017 at 15:57

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reprimand (noun and verb); scold (verb), scolding (noun); rebuke (noun and verb); upbraid (verb)

  • They are all slightly different in color and definition but do fit in. Commented May 3, 2017 at 16:39

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