Adjective "castigate" definition and examples

(Castigate may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈkastɪɡeɪt/

Definitions and examples

verb

Reprimand (someone) severely.
  1. 'Moreover, there's no point in castigating the losers.'
  2. 'I could say more but, it being the season to be jolly, I will refrain from further castigating my friends in the legal profession.'
  3. 'He had castigated the team for, among other things, unprofessionalism and indiscipline.'
  4. 'In print, on his radio show and in private, the growling newshound frequently castigates reporters for not breaking bigger and better stories.'
  5. 'You must forgive my candor, I am not castigating you… I don't know the extent to which the Bill was accessible.'
  6. 'A friend used to castigate me for not wearing a belt.'
  7. 'In recent weeks, the Manchester United captain has resembled a walking volcano, castigating his colleagues for their deficiencies as the club finished a troubled campaign trophy-less.'
  8. 'And just a few days ago I was castigating someone else for being a thin-skinned Narcissist.'
  9. 'He castigated the officials who had sent the girls out to compete on a less than level playing field.'
  10. 'I just wanted to be absolutely clear on this because I've gotten a number of emails castigating me for pretending that.'

More definitions

1. to criticize or reprimand severely.

2. to punish in order to correct.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be castigate."

Origin

Early 17th century: from Latin castigare ‘reprove’, from castus ‘pure, chaste’.