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tr.v. cas·ti·gat·ed, cas·ti·gat·ing, cas·ti·gates
To punish or rebuke severely. See Synonyms at punish.
(tr) to rebuke or criticize in a severe manner; chastise
[C17: from Latin castīgāre to correct, punish, from castum pure + agere to compel (to be)]
v.t. -gat•ed, -gat•ing.
1. to criticize or reprimand severely.
2. to punish in order to correct.
[1600–10; < Latin castīgātus, past participle of castigāre to chasten, derivative of castus pure, chaste (for suffix, see fumigate)]
Past participle: castigated
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|Verb||1.||castigate - censure severely; "She chastised him for his insensitive remarks"|
flame - criticize harshly, usually via an electronic medium; "the person who posted an inflammatory message got flamed"
call on the carpet, chew out, chew up, chide, dress down, have words, bawl out, berate, rebuke, reproof, scold, take to task, call down, lambast, lambaste, lecture, reprimand, remonstrate, trounce, jaw, rag - censure severely or angrily; "The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car"; "The deputy ragged the Prime Minister"; "The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup"
|2.||castigate - inflict severe punishment on|
verb reprimand, blast, carpet (informal), flame (informal), put down, criticize, lash, slate (informal, chiefly Brit.), censure, rebuke, scold, berate, dress down (informal), chastise, chasten, tear into (informal), diss (slang, chiefly U.S.), read the riot act, slap on the wrist, lambast(e), bawl out (informal), excoriate, rap over the knuckles, haul over the coals (informal), chew out (U.S. & Canad. informal), tear (someone) off a strip (Brit. informal), give a rocket (Brit. & N.Z. informal) She castigated him for having no intellectual interests.