castigation

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n castigation verbal punishment
    • n castigation a severe scolding
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Castigation Corrective punishment; chastisement; reproof; pungent criticism. "The keenest castigation of her slanderers."
    • Castigation Emendation; correction.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n castigation The act of castigating. Punishment by whipping; correction; chastisement; discipline.
    • n castigation Critical scrutiny and emendation; correction of textual errors.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Castigation act of castigating: chastisement: severe punishment
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. catigatio,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. castigāre, -ātum, from castus, pure.

Usage

In literature:

He knew now that nothing but prompt action could save him from immediate arrest and probable castigation.
"The Pirate City" by R.M. Ballantyne
Blaine, James G., oratorical castigation of Conkling, iii.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
I doubt if any of the Peers present had ever heard anything like the castigation which the Marquis of LANSDOWNE administered.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 150, March 22, 1916" by Various
After this castigation he spent the night in the crypt, fasting and barefooted.
"The Cathedral Church of Canterbury [2nd ed.]." by Hartley Withers
The woman grasped a clothes-stick with which she proposed to castigate her niece.
"Ruth Fielding Down East" by Alice B. Emerson
In words bold and brave, so much that, if alone, the scoundrel might quail under their castigation.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
What could it be that was thus to save me from the expected castigation?
"Ran Away to Sea" by Mayne Reid
He returned to Victoria, and, I had no doubt, received the castigation which he certainly deserved.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
It is not something to be discharged from the body by fasting and castigation.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
Three floggings at intervals for one offence is the maximum amount of castigation allowed.
"A Plea for the Criminal" by James Leslie Allan Kayll
Mr. Macdonald has an intimate knowledge of Celtic superstitions, and always castigates the right thing.
"Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland" by Daniel Turner Holmes
In his desire for self-castigation he lost sight of the pain he would inflict upon her.
"A Forest Hearth: A Romance of Indiana in the Thirties" by Charles Major
The eloquence of this terrible castigation unhappily embalmed the scorn.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 364, February 1846" by Various
Meg raised a flushed face from her castigation of William, but the pretty colour faded quickly when she saw who the stranger was.
"Jan and Her Job" by L. Allen Harker
But Helen gave him little enough chance to further castigate himself with self-pity.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
After six days' castigation, the peasant's patience could hold out no longer.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 57, No. 352, February 1845" by Various
It is worse even than the cant of criticism which Laurence Sterne castigated with honest pen.
"Romantic Spain" by John Augustus O'Shea
Under the oppression of bodily and spiritual castigation she had not dared seek refuge in religion.
"The Song of Songs" by Hermann Sudermann
Shelley keenly feels the misery around him, gives expression to that feeling, and castigates the causes of that misery.
"The Radicalism of Shelley and Its Sources" by Daniel J. MacDonald
Nash received a similar castigation.
"The Nation's Peril" by Anonymous
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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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