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castigate

cas·ti·gate

castigate

 
 
pronunciation:
kae stih geIt
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: castigated, castigates, castigating
definition: to punish or rebuke, as with severe public criticism; chastise.
In colonial days, thieves and other law-breakers might be publicly castigated in the town square.The senator was found to be involved in the sex scandal and was castigated in the press.
synonyms:
berate, chastise, objurgate, rebuke, reprimand, take to task, upbraid
antonyms:
commend, praise
similar words:
admonish, bawl out, blame, censure, chasten, chide, criticize, punish, reproach, reprove, scold
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derivations: castigation (n.), castigator (n.)