Definition of castigate in English:

castigate

Syllabification: cas·ti·gate
Pronunciation: /ˈkastəˌgāt
 
/

verb

[with object] formal
Reprimand (someone) severely: he was castigated for not setting a good example
More example sentences
  • It was for his denial of the doctrine of karma and the efficacy of the religious effort that the Buddha castigated him so severely.
  • The most common response was to castigate the reporter for daring to criticize a sacred cow hereabouts, weblogs.
  • In recent weeks, the Manchester United captain has resembled a walking volcano, castigating his colleagues for their deficiencies as the club finished a troubled campaign trophy-less.
Synonyms
reprimand, rebuke, admonish, chastise, chide, censure, upbraid, reprove, reproach, scold, berate, take to task, lambaste, give someone a piece of one's mind
informal rake/haul over the coals, tell off, give someone an earful, give someone a tongue-lashing, give someone a roasting, rap someone on the knuckles, slap someone's wrist, dress down, bawl out, give someone hell, blow up at, lay into, blast, zing, have a go at, give someone what for, chew out, ream out
rare reprehend

Origin

early 17th century: from Latin castigare 'reprove', from castus 'pure, chaste'.

Derivatives

castigation

Pronunciation: /ˌkastəˈgāSHən/
noun
More example sentences
  • From the small arsenal of instruments of punishment and torture on display, visitors will gain a graphic idea of crime and castigation.
  • You wouldn't believe the castigation I received, especially from members of the board, for even entertaining such an idea.
  • How come society winked indulgently at his ‘excesses’ while reserving stern castigation for the rest?

castigator

Pronunciation: /-ˌgātər/
noun
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  • The Tadcaster castigator concludes: ‘Thankful I am that my generation were able to learn the art of home baking without the need for a kitchen that was filled to the gunwales with culinary gadgets.’
  • His success at this owed a lot to the fact that he was able to play ‘judge, jury, prosecutor, castigator, and press agent, all in one.’
  • Words such as ‘diatribe’ and ‘hypocrisy’ have been hurled at me by my castigator on the Isle of Skye.

castigatory

Pronunciation: /-gəˌtôrē/
adjective
More example sentences
  • The system needs to change, but the castigatory way we deal with mentally ill people who commit crimes seems to be caught in amber.
  • The repetition and hyperbole involved in castigatory preaching approach suggest, paradoxically, its limited effect.
  • Although one could perceive her actions as upright, correct, and admirable, it is obvious to the viewer that she is overly castigatory and despondent.

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