verb (used with object), cas·ti·gat·ed, cas·ti·gat·ing.
Origin of castigate
Synonyms for castigate
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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
Word Origin 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.