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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for lambasted
  • But he has been lambasted by many guardians of the public good for his treachery to history and literature.
  • Anyway, being lambasted by him can be nearly as advantageous a career move as being hired by him.
  • She lambasted rulers with homespun humor, and exhorted people to join her at protests.
  • Gleefully, they lambasted vegetarians for their now undermined eco-smugness.
  • Critics lambasted the network for giving uncritical support to the government during decades of one-party rule.
  • If you play it safe with tried and true interpretations, you're lambasted for cookie-cutter caution.
  • Postmodernists lambasted it for having all the spiritual presence of a factory.
  • Do nothing and you will continue to get lambasted as being thugs.
  • Regulators, lambasted for snoozing through the bubble, are keen to be seen rooting out manipulation.
  • For decades official propaganda had lambasted capitalism as akin to cannibalism.
Word Origin and History for lambasted



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for lambasted


  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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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