Friday, April 01, 2016
Melody asked about the word castigate. It means to correct, to rebuke, to subdue. It comes from the Latin verb castigare, to correct or reprove. In turn, that came from the Latin adjective castus, pure. Related forms are castigation, castigative, castigator, and castigatory.
Chastise and chasten are close relatives. They share the same Latin links. Synonyms include reprimand, rebuke, admonish, chide, censure, upbraid, berate, and lambaste.
If thou didst put this soure cold habit on To castigate thy pride,'twere well. [Shakespeare, "Timon" IV.iii (1607)]
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