Definition of


  1. (verb, communication) censure severely
  2. (verb, social) inflict severe punishment on

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Synonyms of Castigate

chasten, chastise, correct, objurgate

Origin of the word Castigate

  1. 1607, from L. castigatus pp. of castigare "to purify, chastise," from castus "pure" (see caste) + agere "to do." Sense of "make someone pure by correcting or reproving him."
    "If thou didst put this soure cold habit on To castigate thy pride, 'twere well." [Shakespeare, "Timon" IV.iii (1607)]

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