[ kas-ti-geyt ]
/ ˈkæs tɪˌgeɪt /
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verb (used with object), cas·ti·gat·ed, cas·ti·gat·ing.
to criticize or reprimand severely.
to punish in order to correct.
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Origin of castigate
OTHER WORDS FROM castigate
cas·ti·ga·tion [kas-ti-gey-shuhn] /ˌkæs tɪˈgeɪ ʃən/ nouncas·ti·ga·tive, cas·ti·ga·to·ry [kas-ti-guh-tawr-ee], /ˈkæs tɪ gəˌtɔr i/, adjectivecas·ti·ga·tor, nounnon·cas·ti·gat·ing, adjective
self-cas·ti·gat·ing, adjectiveun·cas·ti·gat·ed, adjectiveun·cas·ti·ga·tive, adjective
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How to use castigate in a sentence
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British Dictionary definitions for castigate
/ (ˈkæstɪˌɡeɪt) /
(tr) to rebuke or criticize in a severe manner; chastise
Derived forms of castigatecastigation, 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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