[ fuhs-ti-geyt ]
/ ˈfʌs tɪˌgeɪt /

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

to cudgel; beat; punish severely.
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


fus·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

Words nearby fustigate

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British Dictionary definitions for fustigate

/ (ˈfʌstɪˌɡeɪt) /


(tr) archaic to beat; cudgel

Derived forms of fustigate

fustigation, nounfustigator, nounfustigatory, adjective

Word Origin for fustigate

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