Definition of castigatory in US English:



  • See castigate

    • ‘Although one could perceive her actions as upright, correct, and admirable, it is obvious to the viewer that she is overly castigatory and despondent.’
    • ‘She gets severely striped there but causes further mayhem and is sent on to an even more castigatory establishment.’
    • ‘Do not take this as a castigatory remark designed to wound and maim.’
    • ‘The repetition and hyperbole involved in castigatory preaching approach suggest, paradoxically, its limited effect.’
    • ‘The system needs to change, but the castigatory way we deal with mentally ill people who commit crimes seems to be caught in amber.’