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Friday, December 20, 2002

Definitions for castigate

  1. To punish severely; also, to chastise verbally; to rebuke; to criticize severely.

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Citations for castigate
It was not good enough to castigate him for his sins. Frank Deford, Sports Illustrated
Out in the world they marvelled that they were found acceptable to others, after years of being castigated as unsatisfactory, disappointing. Anita Brookner, Falling Slowly
Origin of castigate
Castigate comes from Latin castigare, "to purify, to correct, to punish," from castus, "pure."