Definition of lambaste in English:

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Pronunciation: /lamˈbeɪst/
(also lambast /lamˈbast/)


[with object]
Criticize (someone or something) harshly: they lambasted the report as a gross distortion of the truth
More example sentences
  • She praises the grit of her adopted city, barely raising the ire of the critics who had once lambasted her as a carpetbagger, using New York as a stepping stone to her likely bid for higher office.
  • Critics have lambasted him for going over the top on trivia and conversely for not putting in the boot hard enough.
  • Is it really a coincidence that those critics who continue to lambaste traditional media organisations for their supposedly partisan bias and lack of objectivity are actually contributing to making the media more biased?
criticize, castigate, chastise, censure, condemn, take to task, harangue, attack, rail at, rant at, revile, fulminate against, haul/call over the coals;
informal rap someone's knuckles, slap someone's wrist, lay into, pitch into, tear into, lace into, dress down, give someone a dressing-down, carpet, tell off, bawl out
British informal tick off, have a go at, slag off
North American informal chew out
rare reprehend, excoriate, objurgate


Mid 17th century (in the sense 'beat, thrash'): from lam1 + baste3. The current sense dates from the late 19th century.

  • The early sense recorded for lambaste was ‘beat, thrash’: it comes from late 16th-century lam meaning ‘beat soundly’ and mid 16th-century baste meaning ‘thrash’, both probably of Scandinavian origin. The sense ‘criticize harshly’ dates from the late 19th century. The US expression on the lam ‘in flight’ developed from lam in the late 19th century.

Words that rhyme with lambaste

barefaced, baste, boldfaced, chaste, haste, paste, po-faced, red-faced, self-faced, shamefaced, smooth-faced, strait-laced, taste, unplaced, untraced, waist, waste

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