What does castigate mean?

Definitions for castigate
ˈkæs tɪˌgeɪtcas·ti·gate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. chastise, castigate, objurgate, chasten, correctverb

    censure severely

    "She chastised him for his insensitive remarks"

  2. castigateverb

    inflict severe punishment on


  1. castigateverb

    To punish severely; to criticize severely; to reprimand severely.

  2. castigateverb

    To revise or make corrections to a publication.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To CASTIGATEverb

    To chastise; to chasten; to correct; to punish.

    Etymology: castigo, Lat.

    If thou didst put this sour cold habit on,
    To castigate thy pride, ’twere well. William Shakespeare, Timon.


  1. castigate

    Castigation (from the Latin castigatio) or chastisement (via the French châtiment) is the infliction of severe (moral or corporal) punishment. One who administers a castigation is a castigator or chastiser. In earlier times, castigation specifically meant restoring one to a religiously pure state, called chastity. In ancient Rome, it was also a term for the magistrate called a censor (in the original sense, rather than the later politicized evolution), who castigated in the name of the pagan state religion but with the authority of the 'pious' state. In Christian times, this terminology was adopted but roughly restricted to the physical sphere: chastity became a matter of approved sexual conduct, castigation usually meaning physical punishment, either as a form of penance, as a voluntary pious exercise (see mortification of the flesh) or as educational or other coercion, while the use for other (e.g. verbal) punishments (and criticism etc.) is now often perceived as metaphorical. Self-castigation is applied by the repentant culprit to himself, for moral and/or religious reasons, notably as penance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Castigateverb

    to punish by stripes; to chastise by blows; to chasten; also, to chastise verbally; to reprove; to criticise severely

  2. Castigateverb

    to emend; to correct

  3. Etymology: [L. castigatus, p. p. of castigare to correct, punish; castus pure, chaste + agere to move, drive. See Caste, and cf. Chasten.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Castigate

    kas′tig-āt, v.t. to chastise: to correct: to punish with stripes.—ns. Castigā′tion, act of castigating: chastisement: severe punishment; Cas′tigātor, one who castigates.—adj. Cas′tigātory. [L. castigāre, -ātum, from castus, pure.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of castigate in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of castigate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of castigate in a Sentence

  1. Subhas Acharya:

    You cannot castigate people for having aspirations and ambitions. Now that the social arrangements have changed and extended families have disintegrated, we have to find a viable solution for these children.

  2. Mayor Bloomberg:

    The way you should get the guns out of the kids hands is to throw them up against the wall and frisk them, the way he feels about people is so demeaning. The policy may have been stop and frisk, but the philosophy was to castigate and denigrate people of color, and its a disgrace.

  3. Clare Mosley:

    For a British home secretary to accuse and castigate ordinary people when the facts of this incident are not yet even known is shocking and disturbing, this is not simply a careless, off-the-cuff emotional response. It is a misleading, opportunistic smoke screen concocted to deflect attention from the multiple warnings Clare Mosley has had about what was clearly going to happen at Napier Barracks.

  4. Limbaugh Show producer James Golden:

    It was n’t until Rush spoke up against Democrat policies that they started giving him those horrible names, president Trump has suffered more defamation of President Trump character than any president in modern times because these people are relentless in their opposition to President Trump -- and they can not argue it on merit, so they use ad hominem attacks to smear and castigate their opponents.

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