lambaste

verb
lam·​baste | \ (ˌ)lam-ˈbāst How to pronounce lambaste (audio) , -ˈbast; ˈlam-ˌbāst, -ˌbast How to pronounce lambaste (audio) \
variants: or lambast
lambasted; lambasting; lambastes or lambasts

Definition of lambaste

transitive verb

1 : to assault violently : beat, whip
2 : to attack verbally : censure critics lambasted his performance

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The origins of lambaste are somewhat uncertain, but the word was most likely formed by combining the verbs lam and baste, both of which mean "to beat severely." (Incidentally, lambaste can also be spelled lambast, despite the modern spelling of the verb baste.) Some other synonyms of lambaste include pummel, thrash, and pound. Pummel suggests beating with one's fists ("the bully pummeled the smaller child until teachers intervened"). Pound also suggests heavy blows, though perhaps not quite so much as pummel, and may imply a continuous rain of blows ("she pounded on the door"). Thrash means to strike repeatedly and thoroughly as if with a whip ("the boxer thrashed his opponent").

Examples of lambaste in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples on the Web

Italy’s political leaders continue to lambaste EU officials tasked with enforcing the bloc’s fiscal rulebook. Marcus Walker, WSJ, "The Achilles’ Heel for Italy’s Populists: Weak Banks," 5 Oct. 2018 When the European Central Bank or the International Monetary Fund release dry assessments of fiscal risks, Mr. Salvini and his peers gleefully take to social media and lambaste them in colorful terms. Giovanni Legorano, WSJ, "Italy’s New Masters Rattle EU, But Ordinary Italians Say ‘Benissimo’," 17 Nov. 2018 In true 2018 fashion, #BoycottABC crossed the aisle, becoming a way for right-wing accounts to lambaste ABC for censoring their new celebrity spokesperson. Emma Grey Ellis And Justice Namaste, WIRED, "Canceling Roseanne Wasn't About Conviction—It Was About Capital," 30 May 2018 On April 20, the president took to Twitter to lambaste the cartel's push for higher prices. Houston Chronicle, "Under pressure from Trump, Saudis put brakes on oil price rally," 25 May 2018 Republicans often lambaste federal bureaucrats for substituting their judgement for that of a child’s parents; and yet, this proposal would ostensibly force some parents to accept groceries that their children are allergic to. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Wants to Replace Food Stamps With Food Boxes," 13 Feb. 2018 Comedians and others have defended Wolf’s routine in recent days, lauding her routine and her efforts to lambaste both sides of the aisle and the news media – along with the Trump Administration. Jennifer Calfas, Time, "'I Wouldn't Change a Single Word.' Michelle Wolf Responds to Backlash Over White House Correspondents Dinner," 1 May 2018 Most important, listen to the doubters, don’t lambaste them. Stewart Easterby, WSJ, "Climate Activists Are Lousy Salesmen," 25 Apr. 2018 To lambaste Zuckerberg at these hearings is a necessary precondition for the development of robust policy, an important moment in the reordering of political economy—power brought to bear against power. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "Silicon Valley Falls to Earth," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of lambaste

1620, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lambaste

probably from lam entry 1 + baste

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lambaste

verb

English Language Learners Definition of lambaste

: to criticize (someone or something) very harshly

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