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I looked into the dictionary for words similar to reprimand in this expression,

I was reprimanded by the cops for reckless driving.

I checked on the web for reprimand and found lots of results, but it seems like a formal word to me(I can be wrong about this). What other words can I use for this?

Edit Ok, I am sorry for the confusion,I dont really care about fine, what I wanted to ask was informal word along the line of scolding/rebkuing.

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closed as general reference by tchrist, Andrew Leach, Hellion, cornbread ninja 麵包忍者, Mitch Jan 11 '13 at 16:13

This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

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admonish, advise, berate, caution, censure, chide, counsel, ding, enjoin, exhort, forewarn, give a stern talking to, give notice, instruct, rap on knuckles, rebuke, recommend, reprehend, reprimand, reprove, scold, slap on wrist, suggest, upbraid, urge, warn –  tchrist Jan 11 '13 at 13:58
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@tchrist Not in the UK, English isn't just restricted to American English. –  spiceyokooko Jan 11 '13 at 14:07
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@FumbleFingers thanks LOL –  Dude Jan 11 '13 at 15:16

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Reprimand is a formal term used by the judiciary. From Oxford English Dictionary (OED):

reprimand, n.

A sharp rebuke, reproof, or censure, esp. one given by a person or body in authority; (Brit. Law) a formal or official rebuke given by a judge, magistrate, or police officer to an offender.

If you wanted an informal term that means the same thing, told off would be appropriate:

I was told off by my mum for not tidying up my room.

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Reprimand is formal in nature. Hence, most synonyms (at least the ones that sound perfect in this sentence) would be formal too. The informal synonyms might sound out of place in this sentence.

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