- to criticize or reprimand severely.
- to punish in order to correct.
Origin of castigate
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Examples from the Web for castigation
Or would he fail to fathom her identity and so lay himself open to her castigation?Nobody
Louis Joseph Vance
After this castigation he spent the night in the crypt, fasting and barefooted.The Cathedral Church of Canterbury [2nd ed.].
There was a new man at the head of the Department of Castigation.The Works of Rudyard Kipling: One Volume Edition
It is not something to be discharged from the body by fasting and castigation.Epistle Sermons, Vol. II
But the pain inflicted was to disappear with the first castigation.History of the United Netherlands, 1584-86, Vol. I. (of IV) Complete
John Lothrop Motley
- (tr) to rebuke or criticize in a severe manner; chastise
Word Origin and History for castigation
late 14c., castigacioun, from Latin castigationem (nominative castigatio) "a correcting, reproof, chastizing," noun of action from past participle stem of castigare (see 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.