from The Century Dictionary.

  • Serving to castigate; tending to correction; corrective; punitive.
  • noun pl. castigatories (-riz). Something that serves to castigate; specifically, an apparatus formerly used in punishing scolds. Also called ducking-stool and trebucket.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An instrument formerly used to punish and correct arrant scolds; -- called also a ducking stool, or trebucket.
  • adjective Punitive in order to amendment; corrective.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Serving or tending to castigate.
  • noun obsolete An instrument formerly used to punish and correct arrant scolds; the ducking stool or trebucket.


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