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Examples of castigate in a Sentence
The author castigated the prime minister as an ineffective leader.
castigated him for his constant tardiness
Recent Examples of castigate from the Web
The brouhaha brought back memories of 1998 for Baldwin, who was famously castigated for going on Conan O'Brien's show and ranting about stoning GOP Congressman Henry Hyde and his family to death.
Mr. de Blasio’s exchange with Charles occurred minutes after the mayor, in the interview, castigated President Trump for pulling the United States out of the Paris accord on climate change and urged listeners to stop using plastic shopping bags.
Echoing the sentiments of world leaders, American Democrats are endlessly castigating Trump for his decision.
In Brussels, the president had just castigated NATO allies for their defense spending.
As news emerged Wednesday that Trump planned to quit the Paris deal, business leaders and foreign heads-of-state began castigating the decision as a woeful abandonment of US leadership.
Cunningham doled out some criticism himself, castigating his predecessor, Wayne Motley, for failing to write a budget before the fiscal year began May 1, the same day Cunningham, formerly the 1st Ward alderman, was sworn in as mayor.
Many moderates are wary of a bill that would let Democratic opponents castigate them for snatching away coverage like maternity care.
Now is your chance to castigate me in the comments.
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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.
Synonym Discussion of castigate
CASTIGATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of castigate for English Language Learners
: to criticize (someone) harshly
CASTIGATE Defined for Kids
Definition of castigate for Students
: to punish or criticize harshly
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