verb (used with object), castigated, castigating.
1. to criticize or reprimand severely.
2. to punish in order to correct.
1. scold, reprove.
2. discipline, chastise, chasten.
Origin: 1600-10; < Latin castīgātus literally, driven to be faultless (past participle of castigāre to chasten), equivalent to cast (us) pure, chaste + -īg-, combining form of agere to drive, incite + -ātus -ate
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