Is there a difference between chastise and lambaste? When should one use chastise and when should one use lambaste?


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Chastise means to rebuke or reprimand someone. Lambaste means to criticize someone. Though listed as synonyms, they don't mean the same thing in all contexts.

She chastised her brother for his laziness.

He chastised his son for not behaving well in front of the guests. Means punish here

They lambasted the paper for its lack of research.

  • The OP seems to have suspected as much. Now, what more can we add to what the OP already knows? Why and how are they different?
    – Kris
    Commented Jan 13, 2014 at 6:59
  • could you please give example statements? Commented Jan 13, 2014 at 13:33
  • @Newtoembedded added.
    – Noah
    Commented Jan 14, 2014 at 6:12

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