Definition of lambaste in English:


(also lambast)


  • Criticize (someone or something) harshly.

    ‘they lambasted the report as a gross distortion of the truth’
    • ‘Critics lambaste such payouts for health-care executives, calling them offensive when millions of Americans can't even afford coverage.’
    • ‘Many critics have lambasted the female characters in his plays as two-dimensional and unrealistic portrayals of subservient women.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He lambasted the law's critics for alleging that limiting the use of force in making arrests would make police sitting ducks.’
    • ‘Critics lambasted it for its confusing, polymorphic nature, as it swung between metaphor to comedy to science; readers did not flock to buy it.’
    • ‘Critics of the academy have lambasted faculty doves.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Critics have lambasted him for going over the top on trivia and conversely for not putting in the boot hard enough.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A Quigney shopkeeper, who wished to be anonymous, lambasted people's irresponsible behaviour during this period.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And he's devoted thousands of words to lambasting American reporters, in particular those of The New York Times.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 railed against Washington for its gunslinging unilateralism, lambasting the US for playing the lone ranger.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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
    upbraid, scold, reprimand, rebuke, chide, reprove, admonish, berate
    rap someone's knuckles, slap someone's wrist, lay into, pitch into, tear into, lace into, dress down, give someone a dressing-down, carpet, tell off, bawl out
    tick off, have a go at, slag off
    chew out
    reprehend, excoriate, objurgate
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Mid 17th century (in the sense beat, thrash): from lam + baste. The current sense dates from the late 19th century.