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First attested in 1637. Probably lam (beat) +‎ baste (beat)


  • (UK, US) * IPA(key): /læmˈbeɪst/, IPA(key): /læmˈbæst/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪst
  • Rhymes: -æst


lambaste (third-person singular simple present lambastes, present participle lambasting, simple past and past participle lambasted)

  1. To scold, reprimand or criticize harshly.
    Synonyms: berate, scold, tell off; see also Thesaurus:criticize
    The sergeant lambasted the new recruits daily.
    Her first novel was well and truly lambasted by the critics.
    • 2013 January 19, Paul Harris, “Lance Armstrong faces multi-million dollar legal challenges after confession”, in The Guardian[1]:
      Indeed, part of the problem was that Armstrong was rowing back on so much previous behaviour and years of aggressive lambasting of reporters, officials and team-mates who had claimed he was doping. "I don't forgive Lance Armstrong, who lied to me in two interviews. And I suspect most of America won't, either," Kurtz wrote.
  2. (dated in UK English but not US English) To give a thrashing to; to beat severely.
    Synonyms: beat, hit, thrash; see also Thesaurus:hit