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 chastise by blows; to chasten; also, to chastise verbally; to reprove; to criticise severely. [1913 Webster]

2. To emend; to correct. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

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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 — 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,… …   Law dictionary

  • 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

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  • 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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