verb (used with object), cas·ti·gat·ed, cas·ti·gat·ing.
Origin of castigate
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|Ben Jacobs|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Gingrich also scored points with the media elite that he loves to castigate.Newt Gingrich Doubles Down in Defending Stance on Illegal Immigration|Howard Kurtz|November 24, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Matt Bennett, of the Democratic group Third Way, expects Democrats to castigate the Tea Party as “reckless.”
Except for Forster and other pupils of Oughtred who urged him on to castigate Delamain, the controversy might never have arisen.
It is a new road to happiness, if you have strength enough to castigate a little the various impulses that sway you in turn.Winds Of Doctrine|George Santayana
Others tried to use the disasters to castigate the sins of society.Medieval People|Eileen Edna Power
I thought to castigate a libertine, and I have been, I fear, lacerating the heart of a true gentleman!By Birth a Lady|George Manville Fenn
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
British Dictionary definitions for castigate
Word Origin for castigate
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.