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castigate (verb), castigates; castigated; castigating
1. To inflict severe punishment or to strongly rebuke someone in order to correct his or her behavior: The president of the company was castigated in the local newspaper and television for making millions of dollars while his business went bankrupt.
2. Etymology: from Latin castigatus past participle of castigare, "to purify, to chastise"; from castus, "pure" + agere, "to do". Used in the sense of "to make people pure by correcting or reproving them."
To severely criticize.
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To criticize severely for doing something that is unacceptable and aggravating. (1)