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castigation (noun) severe criticism or punishment.

The severe public criticism made against a person or a severe punishment given to a person is castigation. Rebuking a person strongly, especially by openly attacking them is castigation. 'The government dismissed as unjustified the castigation by the opposition leaders that its policies had not yielded the desired results.' This means that the government rejected the criticism of its policies by the opposition leaders. Punishing a person severely is also castigation. 'Some people felt that the treasury officer deserved the castigation he was subject to.' This means that some people felt that the punishment given to the treasury officer was right.

  • Following the country’s defeat, the Army General had to face severe castigation both by the press and the government, for the failure of his strategies that led to the defeat.
  • No more are pupils to bear castigation, as the law prohibits any kind of corporal punishment of students for whatever reason or for indiscipline.
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