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castigate | castigation

castigate castigation
criticize severely
  • How to Memorize
    • castigate - scold
  • Analysis

    To ‘castigate’ means to criticize or reprimand somebody in a particularly harsh way. Its use does not extend past the verbal to relate any type of physical attack. It is a word more commonly encountered in formal writing than in everyday conversations.

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  • Example(s)
    1. People on social media have been quick to castigate the media for perceived scaremongering during the crisis.

    2. The data leak was highly costly to us and I castigated Gary for allowing it to happen.

    3. I couldn’t understand her castigation of the new policy. Everyone else seemed very happy with it.