I verb admonish, be severe, berate, call to account, castigare, caution, censure bitterly, chasten, chastise, chide, criticize severely, deal retributive justice, discipline, excoriate, execrate, expostulate, objurgate, rebuke, remonstrate, reprehend, reprimand, reproach, reprove, scold, take to task, upbraid, vituperate associated concepts: judicial censure II index blame, censure, complain (criticize), condemn (blame), criticize (find fault with), denounce (condemn), disapprove (condemn), discipline (punish), expostulate, fault, ill use, impeach, lash (attack verbally), penalize, proscribe (denounce), punish, rebuke, remonstrate, reprehend, reprimand, reproach

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  • castigate — (v.) c.1600, from L. castigatus, pp. of castigare to correct; to purify; chastise, punish, from castus pure (see CASTE (Cf. caste)) + agere to do. Sense of make someone pure by correcting or reproving him. If thou didst put this soure cold habit… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Castigate — Cas ti*gate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Castigated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Castigating}.] [L. castigatus, p. p. of castigare to correct, punish; castus pure, chaste + agere to move, drive. See {Caste}, and cf. {Chasten}.] 1. To punish by stripes; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • castigate — vb chastise, *punish, chasten, discipline, correct Analogous words: *beat, baste, thrash, pummel, belabor: berate, tongue lash, rate, upbraid, wig, rail (see SCOLD): *penalize, fine, amerce, mulct …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • castigate — [v] criticize severely baste, bawl out*, beat, berate, blister, cane, censure, chasten, chastise, chew out*, come down on*, correct, criticize, discipline, drag over the coals*, dress down*, drub, excoriate, flay, flog, jump down one’s throat*,… …   New thesaurus

  • castigate — ► VERB ▪ reprimand severely. DERIVATIVES castigation noun castigator noun. ORIGIN Latin castigare reprove , from castus pure, chaste …   English terms dictionary

  • castigate — [kas′ti gāt΄] vt. castigated, castigating [< L castigatus, pp. of castigare, to purify, chastise < castus, pure (see CASTE) + agere: see ACT1] to punish or rebuke severely, esp. by harsh public criticism SYN. PUNISH castigation n.… …   English World dictionary

  • castigate — [[t]kæ̱stɪgeɪt[/t]] castigates, castigating, castigated VERB If you castigate someone or something, you speak to them angrily or criticize them severely. [FORMAL] [V n] Marx never lost an opportunity to castigate colonialism... [V n for n/ ing]… …   English dictionary

  • castigate — UK [ˈkæstɪɡeɪt] / US [ˈkæstɪˌɡeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms castigate : present tense I/you/we/they castigate he/she/it castigates present participle castigating past tense castigated past participle castigated formal to criticize someone or… …   English dictionary

  • castigate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. criticize; correct, punish. See disapprobation, punishment. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. chastise, reprimand, rebuke; see censure , punish . See Synonym Study at punish . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus)… …   English dictionary for students

  • castigate — transitive verb ( gated; gating) Etymology: Latin castigatus, past participle of castigare more at chasten Date: 1606 to subject to severe punishment, reproof, or criticism Synonyms: see punish • castigation noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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