Definition of lambaste in English:

lambaste

(also lambast)

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Criticize (someone or something) harshly.

    ‘they lambasted the report as a gross distortion of the truth’
    • ‘A Quigney shopkeeper, who wished to be anonymous, lambasted people's irresponsible behaviour during this period.’
    • ‘He criticises his own players in public, lambasts the fans if attendances are down, admits the team stinks when it does, and occasionally entertains journalists by reading them his personal e-mails.’
    • ‘He lambasted the law's critics for alleging that limiting the use of force in making arrests would make police sitting ducks.’
    • ‘She praises the grit of her adopted city, barely raising the ire of the critics who had once lambasted her as a carpetbagger, using New York as a stepping stone to her likely bid for higher office.’
    • ‘Critics have lambasted him for going over the top on trivia and conversely for not putting in the boot hard enough.’
    • ‘And he's devoted thousands of words to lambasting American reporters, in particular those of The New York Times.’
    • ‘Michael Sheridan, Bishop of Colorado Springs, used a pastoral letter to lambaste people who professed to be Catholic and then voted for politicians whose platforms ran contrary to Church teaching.’
    • ‘We send in the navy and the SAS, we spend more money, we talk tough, we lambast the people smugglers, we heighten the fears, but still the boats with their desperate human cargo come and Megawati refuses to answer John's calls.’
    • ‘Critics have railed against Washington for its gunslinging unilateralism, lambasting the US for playing the lone ranger.’
    • ‘The president lambasted the people who were behind land invasions in the Western Cape and Gauteng, describing them as opportunists who were abusing the country's democracy.’
    • ‘New York Times art critic Michael Kimmelman lambasted the process as an ineffective means for choosing a design for a public memorial, or any architectural space.’
    • ‘Critics of the academy have lambasted faculty doves.’
    • ‘Critics lambasted it for its confusing, polymorphic nature, as it swung between metaphor to comedy to science; readers did not flock to buy it.’
    • ‘Many critics have lambasted the female characters in his plays as two-dimensional and unrealistic portrayals of subservient women.’
    • ‘Critics lambaste such payouts for health-care executives, calling them offensive when millions of Americans can't even afford coverage.’
    • ‘Furious York City chief Terry Dolan today lambasted reports suggesting the Minstermen are willing to let young starlet Chris Hogg move to Manchester United without a fight.’
    • ‘I mean, it is a sad state of affairs when someone who lambastes politicians and other people as part of his day job, can't snort some coke and visit a prostitute without the press raking everything up.’
    • ‘A new report by two high-powered official committees lambasts the government and the nuclear industry for failing to keep more than 65,000 cubic metres of radioactive waste safe.’
    • ‘Is it really a coincidence that those critics who continue to lambaste traditional media organisations for their supposedly partisan bias and lack of objectivity are actually contributing to making the media more biased?’
    • ‘I'd like to think I've answered those critics who had lambasted me for my disciplinary problems and, under some provocation at times this summer, I've held my composure.’
    criticize, castigate, chastise, censure, condemn, take to task, harangue, attack, rail at, rant at, revile, fulminate against, call over the coals, haul over the coals
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Origin

Mid 17th century (in the sense ‘beat, thrash’): from lam + baste. The current sense dates from the late 19th century.

Pronunciation

lambaste

/lamˈbeɪst/