What does the word castigation mean?

Usage examples for castigation

  1. The only man who is uniformly spoken well of in the Diary is Sir William Coventry, and many of the characters introduced come in for severe castigation. – Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright by Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke
  2. Few take the precaution to build a flight of steps inside- it is not a labour to be proud of; fewer like to let themselves down in the public eye- it amounts to a castigation; you must, I fear, remain up there, and accept your chance in toppling over. – The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  3. Violent, abusive as he was, unjust to any against whom he happened to have a prejudice, his castigation of the small litterateurs of that day was not harmful, but rather of use. – A Mortal Antipathy by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.