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Definition of castigate:

  1. To emend; to correct.
  2. To punish by stripes; to chastise by blows; to chasten; also, to chastise verbally; to reprove; to criticise severely.

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overcome, rap, reprove, compensate, pound, vanquish, bruise, conquer, dress down, correct, scold, strike, even off, rebuke, subdue, moderate, thrash, call down, right, beat, attack, smite, redress, rebuke, praise, adjust, decry, scourge, worst, chasten, sort out, defeat, whip, pommel, belabor, slump, decline, objurgate, batter, reward, bastinado, surpass, chew out, temper, spank, even up, flog, cudgel, tax, switch, bawl out, study at punish, make up, even out, reprobate, rectify, counterbalance, chastise, tame, set, excoriate.

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