castigate definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • To cause severe discipline on. See Synonyms at punish.
    • To criticize seriously.
    • To punish by stripes; to chastise by blows; to chasten; in addition, to chastise verbally; to reprove; to criticise severely.
    • To emend; to fix.
  • verb:
    • To discipline seriously; to criticize severely; to reprimand seriously.
    • To change or make modifications to a publication.
    • censure severely
    • inflict serious discipline on
  • others:
    • To chastise; discipline by stripes; proper or punish, as a whole.
    • To susceptible to a severe and vital scrutiny; criticize for the purpose of correcting; emend: since, to castigate the writing of an author.

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