castigate


castigate

verb

Definition of CASTIGATE

1
to criticize (someone) severely or angrily especially for personal failings <castigated him for his constant tardiness>
Near Antonyms approve, endorse (also indorse), sanction; extol (also extoll), laud, praise
2
to criticize harshly and usually publicly <a newspaper editorial castigating the city council for approving the project in the first place>
3
to inflict a penalty on for a fault or crime <a judge who believes in castigating criminals to the full extent of the law>
Antonyms excuse, pardon, spare

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