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Definition to criticize severely
  • She praises and castigates without hesitation.
castigates = criticizes severely
  • The Puritans objected to ornaments and ritual in the churches as idolatrous... which they castigated as "popish pomp and rags."
    Protestant Reformation - Wikipedia  -- (retrieved 05/20/06)
  • One party castigates the institution, while the other praises its every move. What we need is an honest dialogue about improvement.
  • "I feel as thod I sure be castigate or chastise for the wronge I've did..." (sic)
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • castigate = criticized severely
  • ... serves to castigate, berate, or plain humiliate a female.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • castigate = criticize severely
  • Although he castigated himself severely for this waste of a life he'd taken, a day later McCandless appeared to regain some perspective, for his journal notes, "henceforth will learn to accept my errors, however great they be."
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • castigated = criticized severely
  • It probably misses the point, though, to castigate McCandless for being ill prepared.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • He lampooned Jimmy Carter and Joe Biden, called for the resignation of Attorney General Edwin Meese, lambasted Bible-thumpers of the Christian right, urged vigilance against the Soviet threat, castigated the Japanese for hunting whales, and defended Jesse Jackson as a viable presidential candidate.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Much castigation,
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • castigation = severe criticism
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Benedict Arnold was publicly castigated and then hung.
  • The party castigated him for such an extreme stand.
  • The Alchemist' castigates quackery and its foolish encouragers; and
    Fletcher, Robert Huntington  --  A History of English Literature
  • To castigate thy pride, 'twere well; but thou
    Shakespeare, William  --  The Life of Timon of Athens
  • Adams then moved to Gedney, castigating the officer for his actions in boarding and seizing the Amistad.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • Roundly castigated as a dangerous, possibly disloyal meddler, Logan found it impossible to get a fair hearing within the administration.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • You've never done anything worth castigating yourself this way."
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • Then what ideas did Mencken hold that made a newspaper like the Commercial Appeal castigate him publicly?
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • It left an army of thunderbolt throwers to castigate the mountains for slowing it down, but the punishment was beautiful.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Wherefore I said, "Master, who are those folk whom the black air so castigates?"
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante's Inferno
  • It saddened and embarrassed Hall to be publicly castigated by this demigod, this ur-chniber who had been one of his childhood heroes.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air

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