- to criticize or reprimand severely.
- to punish in order to correct.
Origin of castigate
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Examples from the Web for castigate
“You can castigate the leaders; you can try and divide us by generation,” he said.Sharpton Recalls Civil Rights Struggle in DC March Against Police Violence
December 13, 2014
Gingrich also scored points with the media elite that he loves to castigate.Newt Gingrich Doubles Down in Defending Stance on Illegal Immigration
November 24, 2011
Matt Bennett, of the Democratic group Third Way, expects Democrats to castigate the Tea Party as “reckless.”Tea Party’s Next Targets
Daniel Stone, Eleanor Clift
August 7, 2011
The woman grasped a clothes-stick with which she proposed to castigate her niece.Ruth Fielding Down East
Alice B. Emerson
If only I were not a woman, I might castigate you as you deserve!Juliette Drouet's Love-Letters to Victor Hugo
Others tried to use the disasters to castigate the sins of society.Medieval People
Eileen Edna Power
I had to castigate one of the ringleaders myself—Herapath by name, claiming kinship with you, by the way.The Master of the Shell
Talbot Baines Reed
Its declared purpose was "simply to instruct the young, reform the old, correct the town, and castigate the age."Washington Irving
Charles Dudley Warner
- (tr) to rebuke or criticize in a severe manner; chastise
Word Origin and History for castigate
c.1600, from Latin castigatus, past participle of castigare "to correct, set right; purify; chastise, punish," from castus "pure" (see caste) + agere "to do" (see act (n.)). The notion behind the word is "make someone pure by correcting or reproving him."
If thou didst put this soure cold habit on To castigate thy pride, 'twere well. [Shakespeare, "Timon" IV.iii (1607)]
Related: Castigated; castigating; castigator; castigatory.