verb lam·baste \(ˌ)lam-ˈbāst, -ˈbast; ˈlam-ˌ\

: to criticize (someone or something) very harshly

Full Definition of LAMBASTE

transitive verb
:  to assault violently :  beat, whip
:  to attack verbally :  censure <critics lambasted his performance>

Variants of LAMBASTE

lam·baste or lam·bast \(ˌ)lam-ˈbāst, -ˈbast; ˈlam-ˌ\

Examples of LAMBASTE

  1. The coach lambasted the team for its poor play.
  2. They wrote several letters lambasting the new law.

Origin of LAMBASTE

probably from 1lam + baste
First Known Use: 1620


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