VCR Lesson 10

Amelia Page

Fill in the blank

After the law was passed, American citizens ___________ the president and blamed him for passing such an inequitable act.



tr.v. To punish; to criticize severely; to chastise.

other forms: n. castigation, castigator; adj. castigatory

ROOTS: CASTUS<L. "pure," "spotless"

CASTIGO, CASTIGARE, CASTIGAVI, CASTIGATUM <L. "to punish," "to correct," "to restrain"


berate, penalize, scold, lambaste


flatter, approve, forgive, exonerate

Choose the sentence in which the word in bold-faced type is used incorrectly.

a.) Mayor Patrick Cannon was arrested for federal corruption charges and castigated by the U.S. legal system.

b.) Herbert Hoover was castigated by the American public for not aiding the starving and unemployed.

c.) Often people make castigatory remarks about athletes because of their ridiculous salaries and steroid use.

d.) During court trials, jurors are expected to be castigatory and fair to all witnesses' testimonies.