From Latin perstringere, from per- + stringere (“to tie, bind”).
perstringe (third-person singular simple present perstringes, present participle perstringing, simple past and past participle perstringed)
- (now archaic or literary) To censure, criticize.
- 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, I.2.4.iv:
- I speak not of such as generally tax vice […], but such as personate, rail, scoff, calumniate, perstringe by name, or in presence offend.
- second-person singular present active imperative of perstringō