Castigate vs castrate

  • Castigate and castrate are two words that are similar in spelling and pronunciation, but have very different meanings. We will examine the definitions of castigate and castrate, where these two words came from and some examples of their use in sentences.


    Castigate means to chastise, reprimand or rebuke in a severe manner. Castigate is a transitive verb, which is a verb that takes an object. Related words are castigates, castigated, castigating, castigation, castigator, castigatory. The word castigate is derived from the Latin word castigatus, which means to punish or correct.


    Castrate means remove the testicles of a male animal or a human. Castrate is also used figuratively to mean to take away power or vitality. Castrate is also a transitive verb, related words are castrates, castrated, castrating, castration, castrator. The word castrate is derived from the Latin word castratus which means to prune or to emasculate.


    Ebonyi State Governor, Chief Dave Umahi yesterday said he would not join others to castigate President Muhammadu Buhari in the name of politics as Mr. President remained his boss. (The New Telegraph Newspaper)

    The FNM’s advancement of the Bill comes a little more than a year after the party used the Christie administration’s draft Bill to castigate the Progressive Liberal Party in their general election campaign. (The Bahamas Tribune)

    The Associated Press said May 8 that people feared a new wave of civic conflict after a ruling party official urged people “to castrate the enemy,” and another called for Nkurunziza’s opponents “to be drowned in a lake.” (The Catholic Register)

    The Madhya Pradesh forest department has put on hold an ambitious plan to use Pardi tribals to catch and castrate Nilgais (blue bulls) to control their population in the wild after its spectacular failure. (The Hindustan Times)

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