[ kas-ti-geyt ]
/ ˈkæs tɪˌgeɪt /

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

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

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

/ (ˈkæstɪˌɡeɪt) /


(tr) to rebuke or criticize in a severe manner; chastise

Derived forms of castigate

castigation, 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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