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[lam-beyst, -bast] /læmˈbeɪst, -ˈbæst/
verb (used with object), lambasted, lambasting. Informal.
to beat or whip severely.
to reprimand or berate harshly; censure; excoriate.
Also, lambast.
Origin of lambaste
1630-40; apparently lam1 + baste3 Unabridged
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  • It's a judgment that some no doubt will lambaste as arbitrary, even biased.
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  • One is to lambaste those that don't see it as you do.
  • Critics lambaste adventure literature for trumpeting colonialist white supremacy propaganda too.
British Dictionary definitions for lambaste


verb (transitive)
to beat or whip severely
to reprimand or scold
Word Origin
C17: perhaps from lam1 + baste³
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Word Origin and History for lambaste

1630s, from lam (1590s, ultimately from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse lemja "to beat, to lame") + baste "to thrash" (see baste). Related: Lambasted; lambasting.

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Slang definitions & phrases for lambaste


  1. To hit very hard; thrash; clobber: They lambasted the suspect mercilessly
  2. To disparage strongly; castigate: A woman psychologist today lambasted the idea that ''mom is to blame''

[1637+; ultimately fr British lam and baste, both ''beat'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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