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verb (used with object), fus·ti·gat·ed, fus·ti·gat·ing.
  1. to cudgel; beat; punish severely.
  2. to criticize harshly; castigate: a new satire that fustigates bureaucratic shilly-shallying.
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Origin of fustigate

1650–60; < Late Latin fūstīgātus, past participle of fūstigāre to cudgel, derivative of Latin fūstis cudgel; for formation, see fumigate
Related formsfus·ti·ga·tion, nounfus·ti·ga·tor, nounfus·ti·ga·to·ry [fuhs-ti-guh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈfʌs tɪ gəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective
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Related Words for fustigate

bash, clobber, pummel, whack, bludgeon, excoriate, chastise, denounce, chide, blame, censure, castigate, reprimand, blast, condemn, pound, beat, hammer, cudgel, clout

British Dictionary definitions for fustigate


  1. (tr) archaic to beat; cudgel
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Derived Formsfustigation, nounfustigator, nounfustigatory, adjective

Word Origin for fustigate

C17: from Late Latin fūstīgāre to cudgel to death, from Latin fūstis cudgel
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