[lam-beyst, -bast]
verb (used with object), lambasted, lambasting. Informal.
to beat or whip severely.
to reprimand or berate harshly; censure; excoriate.
Also, lambast.

1630–40; apparently lam1 + baste3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Word Origin & History

1630s, from lam (1590s, ult. from O.N. lemja "to beat, to lame") + baste "to thrash" (see baste). Related: Lambasted; lambasting.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Example sentences
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
Gleefully, they lambasted vegetarians for their now undermined eco-smugness.
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