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Dictionary definition of lambaste

To criticize or attack someone or something severely and harshly.
"The teacher didn't hesitate to lambaste the students for their irresponsible behavior."

Detailed meaning of lambaste

It implies a strong emotional reaction and a tendency to use harsh or critical language to express that reaction. The term comes from the Old English word "lambæstan" which means "to beat with a stick."

Lambasting can take many forms, such as making a critical or biting comment, writing a scathing review, or delivering a public rebuke. It can be done through words or actions, and it can be overt or subtle. The goal of lambasting is to express strong disapproval or to attack someone or something.

Lambasting is often seen as a negative trait, as it implies a lack of diplomacy, tact, and respect for others. It can also be seen as a form of aggression or hostility, and it can be perceived as disrespectful or impolite. It can also be viewed as a sign of poor communication skills, as the person is not able to express themselves in a more measured or nuanced way. Lambasting can also be used as a form of bullying or intimidating others.

Example sentences containing lambaste

1. Many critics lambaste the director's latest movie for its lack of originality.
2. As the night grew darker, my mother would lambaste my procrastination on homework.
3. Politicians often lambaste their rivals to gain popularity among voters.
4. He could lambaste his friend's poor fashion sense for hours on end.
5. The food critics were quick to lambaste the restaurant's new menu.
6. Environmentalists lambaste corporations for their disregard of sustainable practices.

History and etymology of lambaste

The verb 'lambaste' has a somewhat uncertain etymology, but it is believed to have originated from the Old Dutch word 'lantbijten,' which means 'to bite on the lip' or 'to attack fiercely.' This Old Dutch term likely evolved into the English word 'lambaste,' retaining its sense of harsh attack or criticism. While the exact path of its development is not entirely clear, the word 'lambaste' has come to represent the act of severely and harshly criticizing or attacking someone or something. Its etymology suggests a forceful and biting nature in its usage, emphasizing the vigor with which criticism or condemnation is delivered.

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Further usage examples of lambaste

1. The coach would lambaste the team's lack of effort in training sessions.
2. After the failed product launch, the CEO did not spare time to lambaste his marketing team.
3. Fans lambaste the film's plot twist as being too predictable.
4. Human rights activists lambaste governments for their inaction on refugee issues.
5. She never missed an opportunity to lambaste her ex-boyfriend's questionable life choices.
6. The playwright is known to lambaste societal norms in his works.
7. In the heat of the debate, she didn't hold back and proceeded to lambaste his flawed arguments.
8. Activists frequently lambaste the fashion industry for its contribution to pollution.
9. To lambaste the education system without providing a solution is not constructive criticism.
10. Whenever the team failed, the media would lambaste their lack of coordination.
11. The book club was quick to lambaste the new novel for its weak character development.
12. Comedians sometimes lambaste politicians as part of their routine.
13. If we continue to lambaste each other's opinions, we will never find common ground.
14. The film critic didn't hold back and lambaste the movie for its poor plot.
15. The journalist decided to lambaste the politician's actions in her scathing article.
16. During the debate, the opponents took every opportunity to lambaste each other.
17. He chose to lambaste his colleague's proposal during the meeting.
18. The teacher couldn't help but lambaste the students for their lack of effort.
19. Social media can be a platform for people to lambaste others without restraint.
20. The coach didn't hesitate to lambaste the team for their lackluster performance.
21. The public was divided on whether to support or lambaste the controversial policy.
22. She decided to lambaste the company for its unethical business practices.
23. In his speech, he continued to lambaste his opponents with strong words.
24. Despite the criticism, she refused to lambaste her friend for his mistakes.


attack, praise, commend, approve


GRE 8 (Graduate Record Examination), Vilification and Vitriol, Criticism and Censure

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