Part of speech: noun

A whipping; severe rebuke or criticism.

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Usage examples "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", 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", 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", Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr..