V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: to reprimand, criticize, or punish severely

Synonyms: punish, reprove, berate, reprimand, criticize, chastise, censure

Antonyms: praise, reward

Tips: Castigate is related to the word chastise. Both words refer to scolding or punishing someone, but castigate tends to connote a higher degree of severity.

Usage Examples:

The lifeguards were castigated by the pool manager for their lax attitude toward enforcing important safety rules. (criticized, chastised, reproved)

Unfortunately for those who had done the misdeed, the boss believed that the most effective way to castigate his employees was through public humiliation. (punish)

The teenager was castigated for breaking his curfew by not being allowed to see his friends for a month. (punished, reprimanded)

When the president of the ad agency castigated me for no reason in front of other employees, I decided to quit rather than endure the humiliation. (berate, criticize)

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