- to beat or whip severely.
- to reprimand or berate harshly; censure; excoriate.
Origin of lambaste
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Examples from the Web for lambasting
Although the film was reviewed by government censors, the participants obviously had no fear of lambasting the politicians.‘The Gatekeepers,’ Brooklyn College BDS Forum: Week of Israel Debate
February 8, 2013
I suppose you have heard of the lambasting Mr. Brooks gave Mr. Sumner.Charles Sumner; his complete works, volume 5 (of 20)
Word Origin and History for lambasting
1630s, from lam (1590s, ultimately from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse lemja "to beat, to lame") + baste "to thrash" (see baste). Related: Lambasted; lambasting.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper