castigate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v castigate censure severely "She chastised him for his insensitive remarks"
    • v castigate inflict severe punishment on
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Castigate To emend; to correct.
    • Castigate To punish by stripes; to chastise by blows; to chasten; also, to chastise verbally; to reprove; to criticise severely.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • castigate To chastise; punish by stripes; correct or punish, in general.
    • castigate To subject to a severe and critical scrutiny; criticize for the purpose of correcting; emend: as, to castigate the text of an author.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Castigate kas′tig-āt to chastise: to correct: to punish with stripes
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. castigatus, p. p. of castigare, to correct, punish; castus, pure, chaste + agere, to move, drive. See Caste, and cf. Chasten
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. castigāre, -ātum, from castus, pure.

Usage

In literature:

It was necessary, therefore, to castigate them.
"The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 2" by Henry Baerlein
Even then a little remonstrance, or at most a slight castigation, is pretty sure to turn him from his evil ways.
"Domesticated Animals" by Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
How he castigates Donizetti's love of money and his sloth!
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 87, January, 1865" by Various
There was a glint in her deep eyes as she regarded Saxham's thorough handiwork that told her approval of castigation well deserved.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
No, she wouldn't castigate old Major Roper for tattling, and at the same time cross-examine him for her own purposes.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
He has not the volcanic utterance of Juvenal, but I doubt not his castigations were quite as effective.
"Robert Burns" by Gabriel Setoun
And Knappe himself, in his despatch of March 21st, 1889, castigates the practice with much sense.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 17 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
He loves his fellow man even when he castigates him.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
To what length the castigation should proceed is of course matter for individual taste and judgment.
"A Letter Book" by George Saintsbury
Shiels has been recently castigated by Mr. Gifford.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
The Secretary of War granted a passport to Mr. Pollard, who wrote a castigating history of the first years of the war, to visit Europe.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
This was due to the influence of Victorius, who pleaded in vain for a castigated text of Machiavelli.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
His humorous description of the details ends with a promise never again to undergo such a castigation.
"The Story of Sitka" by C. L. Andrews
Khrushchev then became the object of violent attacks in the Albanian press, being castigated as more of a revisionist than Tito.
"Area Handbook for Albania" by Eugene K. Keefe
The terrorite battery proved our most effective weapon in castigating the enemy.
"The Goddess of Atvatabar" by William R. Bradshaw
Besides Spots had the wrist of a racket player and was renowned for his powers of castigation.
"Years of Plenty" by Ivor Brown
I thought to castigate a libertine, and I have been, I fear, lacerating the heart of a true gentleman!
"By Birth a Lady" by George Manville Fenn
The American sector running eastward of the famous salient of St. Mihiel was chosen as the location of the castigation.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VII (of VIII)" by Various
And these, the thousands stepmothered by cruel stupidity, are the victims castigated by Society for her own folly and sins.
"Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist" by Alexander Berkman
It must receive the deserved castigation!
"The Green Book" by Mór Jókai
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In poetry:

Now the pain’s shooting higher
Cunningly webbing and freely,
Those who choose to retire,
Are castigated severely.
"Theater" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev
Satire, that oft with castigation rude
Degrades, while zealous to correct mankind,
Refined by him, more generous aims pursued,
Reform'd the vice—but left no sting behind.
"Sheridan" by Thomas Gent

In news:

Sri Lanka's government says a United Nations' report last week "appears to be another attempt at castigating Sri Lanka for militarily defeating" the Tamil Tiger guerrillas who fought for a separate state in the Indian ocean island.
Readers sound off on 'castigating the GOP' and healthy dissension .
Having castigated President Bush for his missteps in office, Nancy Pelosi declined to turn the mirror on herself Tuesday, dodging a question about what mistakes she had made as House speaker.
I n a semi-coherent videotaped message, Osama bin Laden is trying to influence the Tuesday election by castigating President George W Bush for everything from oppression of Muslims to passage of the Patriot Act.
The New York-born author of sexually explicit novels often castigated Americans for their chronic paralysis of taste and crude cuisine.
ATLANTA—Three days of frustration for the Mets boiled over in the fifth inning Sunday, when pitching coach Dan Warthen castigated home plate umpire C.B.
Utility castigated for failing to provide more outage information to customers, first responders.
A Special Olympian with Down Syndrome castigated right-wing flamethrower.
But this week, after receiving a letter calling her fat and castigating her for serving as a poor role model for children, she struck back.
An Oct 20 contributor trumpets there are only three occasions when a president of the United States failed to go to the D-Day monument, castigating President Barack Obama as the miscreant.
Conservatives castigated President Obama for bowing before the Saudi king and to the Japanese emperor.
DENVER — It takes just a few minutes for Dan Caplis and Craig Silverman to start castigating each other over their favorite topic.
In "Politics and the English Language," Orwell castigated contemporaries for using language to mystify rather than inform.
Recently, in a private message, a reader castigated me for ignoring security vulnerabilities in Web browsers that compete with Internet Explorer.
There was little peace, love and understanding today from the federal judge who castigated a nationally known activist and Roman Catholic priest for an Iraq war protest that blocked a Santa Fe elevator in 2006.
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