transitive verb-·gat·ed, -·gat·ing
Origin of fustigatefrom Classical Latin fustigatus, past participle of fustigare from fustis, a stick + agere: see act
transitive verbfus·ti·gat·ed, fus·ti·gat·ing, fus·ti·gates
- To beat with a club; cudgel.
- To criticize harshly: “Joe McCarthy &ellipsis4; fustigated Robert La Follette Jr., the incumbent whom he whipped in the GOP primary, as an isolationist” ( Bill Kauffman )
Origin of fustigateLate Latin fūstigāre fūstigāt-Latin fūstis club ; see fusty. Latin agere to do ; see ag- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present fustigates, present participle fustigating, simple past and past participle fustigated)
From Latin fustigatus, past participle of fustigo (“I cudgel to death”), from fustis (“a cudgel”) + ago (“I act”).