verb (used with object), cas·ti·gat·ed, cas·ti·gat·ing.

to criticize or reprimand severely.
to punish in order to correct.

Nearby words

  1. castelo branco, humberto,
  2. castelvetro,
  3. caster,
  4. caster action,
  5. caster sugar,
  6. castigation,
  7. castigatory,
  8. castiglione,
  9. castile,
  10. castile soap

Origin of castigate

1600–10; < Latin castīgātus literally, driven to be faultless (past participle of castigāre to chasten), equivalent to cast(us) pure, chaste + -īg-, combining form of agere to drive, incite + -ātus -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for castigate



(tr) to rebuke or criticize in a severe manner; chastise
Derived Formscastigation, nouncastigator, nouncastigatory, adjective

Word Origin for castigate

C17: from Latin castīgāre to correct, punish, from castum pure + agere to compel (to be)

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