I chose this word because I feel like it doesn't get used often enough. I think that's because it's oddly similar to the nastily little word "castrate" and nobody wants that!
Here's what Merriam-Webster has to say: "castigate: verb. 1) to criticize (someone) harshly."
See, that wasn't so bad.
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