If your coach yells at your team for sloppy play, his 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 a castigation. The word comes from the Latin castigus which means "to make pure." Try to remember during a 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

n verbal punishment

Type of:
penalisation, penalization, penalty, punishment
the act of punishing

n a severe scolding

bawling out, chewing out, dressing down, earful, going-over, upbraiding
Type of:
rebuke, reprehension, reprimand, reproof, reproval
an act or expression of criticism and censure

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