- to criticize or reprimand severely.
- to punish in order to correct.
Origin of castigate
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Related Words for castigatornag, quibbler, caviler, scold, nitpicker, niggler, nagger, caviller, faultfinder, criticizer, castigator
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Historical Examples of castigator
A certain marquis had been thrashed with a walking-stick, but showed no disposition to take vengeance on his castigator.Old and New Paris, v. 1
Henry Sutherland Edwards
- (tr) to rebuke or criticize in a severe manner; chastise
Word Origin for castigate
Word Origin and History for castigator
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.