Sunday, October 01, 2000
castigate transitive verb [KAS-tuh-gayt] To punish severely; also, to chastise verbally; to rebuke; to criticize severely.
Definitions for castigate
- To punish severely; also, to chastise verbally; to rebuke; to criticize severely.
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Citations for castigate
It was not good enough to castigate him for his sins.
Out in the world they marvelled that they were found acceptable to others, after years of being castigated as unsatisfactory, disappointing.
Origin of castigate
Castigate comes from Latin castigare, "to purify, to correct, to punish," from castus, "pure."