Simple Definition of castigate
: to criticize (someone) harshly
Examples of castigate in a sentence
The author castigated the prime minister as an ineffective leader.
<castigated him for his constant tardiness>
Did You Know?
Castigate has a synonym in chastise - both verbs mean to punish or to censure someone. Fittingly, both words derive from the same root: the Latin castigare, formed from the words for "pure" (castus) and "to drive" (agere). (Castus also gave us the noun caste, meaning "social class or rank.") Another verb derived from castigare is chasten, which can also mean "to discipline by punishment" but more commonly means "to subdue or make humble" (as in "chastened by his foolish error"). Castigate is the youngest of the three verbs in English, dating from the early 17th century, some three centuries after chasten and chastise.
Origin and Etymology of castigate
Latin castigatus, past participle of castigare — more at chasten
First Known Use: 1606
Synonym Discussion of castigate
CASTIGATE Defined for Kids
Definition of castigate for Students
: to punish or criticize harshly
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