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.
Origin of fustigate
1650–60; < Late Latin fūstīgātus, past participle of fūstigāre to cudgel, derivative of Latin fūstis cudgel; for formation, see fumigate
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Related Words for fustigatebash, clobber, pummel, whack, bludgeon, excoriate, chastise, denounce, chide, blame, censure, castigate, reprimand, blast, condemn, pound, beat, hammer, cudgel, clout
(tr) archaic to beat; cudgel
Word Origin for fustigate
C17: from Late Latin fūstīgāre to cudgel to death, from Latin fūstis cudgel
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