Synonyms and Antonyms of castigate

  1. 1 to criticize (someone) severely or angrily especially for personal failings castigated him for his constant tardiness Synonyms of castigate baste, bawl out, berate, call down, scold, chastise, chew out, dress down, flay, hammer, jaw, keelhaul, lambaste (or lambast), lecture, rag, rail (at or against), rant (at), rate, ream (out), rebuke, reprimand, reproach, score, tongue-lash, upbraidWords Related to castigate admonish, chide, remonstrate (with), reprove; abuse, assail, attack, bad-mouth, blame, blast, censure, condemn, criticize, crucify, denounce, dis (also diss) [slang], excoriate, fault, harangue, knock, lace (into), lash, pan, reprehend, revile, scourge, slam, vituperate; belittle, disparage, mock, put down; ridicule, scoff, scornNear Antonyms of castigate approve, endorse (also indorse), sanction; extol (also extoll), laud, praise

  2. 2 to criticize harshly and usually publicly a newspaper editorial castigating the city council for approving the project in the first place Synonyms of castigate abuse, assail, bash, belabor, blast, attack, excoriate, jump (on), lambaste (or lambast), potshot, savage, scathe, slam, trash, vituperateWords Related to castigate berate, harangue, harass, harry, revile, scold, whip; blaspheme, curse, execrate, imprecate, profane; affront, insult, slur; asperse, bad-mouth, belittle, blackguard, disparage, put down; libel, slander, traduce, vilify; chastise, chide, criticize, lace (into), rebuke, reprimand, reproof; fulminate, lash (out)Near Antonyms of castigate acclaim, commend, compliment, hail, laud, praise

  3. 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 Synonyms of castigate punish, chasten, chastise, correct, discipline, penalizeWords Related to castigate assess, charge, dock, fine, impose, levy, mulct; convict, sentence; condemn, damn, denounce; criticize, keelhaul, rebuke, reprimand, reprove; wreakNear Antonyms of castigate forfeit; get off, ransom, release; commute, reprieve; absolve, acquit, exculpate, exonerate, vindicateAntonyms of castigate excuse, pardon, spare

Synonym Discussion of castigate

punish, chastise, castigate, chasten, discipline, correct mean to inflict a penalty on in requital for wrongdoing. punish implies subjecting to a penalty for wrongdoing.
    • punished for stealing
chastise may apply to either the infliction of corporal punishment or to verbal censure or denunciation.
    • chastised his son for neglecting his studies
castigate usually implies a severe, typically public censure.
    • an editorial castigating the entire city council
chasten suggests any affliction or trial that leaves one humbled or subdued.
    • chastened by a landslide election defeat
discipline implies a punishing or chastening in order to bring under control.
    • parents must discipline their children
correct implies punishing aimed at reforming an offender.
    • the function of prison is to correct the wrongdoer

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something that impedes or restrains

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