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English verb: castigate

1. castigate (communication) censure severely


SamplesShe chastised him for his insensitive remarks.


Synonymschasten, chastise, correct, objurgate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)bawl out, berate, call down, call on the carpet, chew out, chew up, chide, dress down, have words, jaw, lambast, lambaste, lecture, rag, rebuke, remonstrate, reprimand, reproof, scold, take to task, trounce


Narrower (hyponym)flame

2. castigate (social) inflict severe punishment on


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)penalise, penalize, punish









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