castigation

If your coach yells at your team for sloppy play, her post-game speech might be called a castigation. A castigation is a harsh verbal reprimand.

No one likes to be on the receiving end of castigation. The word comes from the Latin castigus which means "to make pure." Try to remember during castigation that the castigator is, in their own misguided way, trying to make you a better person. But that may be hard to think of when someone is bawling you out.

Definitions of castigation
  1. noun
    verbal punishment
    synonyms: chastisement
  2. noun
    a severe scolding
    synonyms: bawling out, chewing out, dressing down, earful, going-over, upbraiding
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    type of:
    rebuke, reprehension, reprimand, reproof, reproval
    an act or expression of criticism and censure
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