American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To beat with a club; cudgel.
- v. To criticize harshly: "We followed [Ibsen] as he fustigates himself and us” ( Patrice Chereau).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To beat with a cudgel; cane.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. rare To cudgel.
- v. strike with a cudgel
- From Latin fustigatus, past participle of fustigo ("I cudgel to death"), from fustis ("a cudgel") + ago ("I act"). (Wiktionary)
- Late Latin fūstigāre, fūstigāt- : Latin fūstis, club + Latin agere, to do; see ag- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“We do not trouble ourselves to conduct our affairs in a diplomatic, reasoned fashion, we bloviate, fustigate, and bomb whoever makes us feel more “American” at the moment.”
“This is all very fine: but the simple fact is, it is beginning to rain, and I think it advisable for us to beat, fustigate, (where _did_ you get that, Miranda?) or wallop, a retreat!”
“For the Patriot women take their hazel wands, and fustigate, amid laughter of bystanders, with alacrity: broad bottom of”
“The Demoiselle, keeping her carriage, is for Liberty indeed, as she has full well shewn; but then for Liberty with Respectability: whereupon these serpent-haired Extreme She-Patriots now do fasten on her, tatter her, shamefully fustigate her, in their shameful way; almost fling her into the Garden-ponds, had not help intervened.”
“Hai!” switching the camel, and fruitlessly endeavouring to fustigate Mas’ud’s nephew, who resolutely slept upon the water-bags.”
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