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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 lambasting
  • Their idea of dealing with strange ideas is lambasting anyone who has any.
  • lambasting company executives in public, they say, may damage share prices.
  • Yet, he rose above his lambasting of political enemies to recount a solid history of his state.
Word Origin and History for lambasting



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 lambasting


  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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