castigation, earful, bawling out, chewing out, upbraiding, going-over, dressing down (noun)
a severe scolding
castigation, chastisement (noun)
Corrective punishment; chastisement; reproof; pungent criticism.
Castigation or chastisement is the infliction of severe punishment. One who administers a castigation is a castigator or chastiser. In earlier times, castigation specifically meant restoring one to a religiously pure state, called chastity. In ancient Rome, it was also a term for the magistrate called a censor, who castigated in the name of the pagan state religion but with the authority of the 'pious' state. In Christian times, this terminology was adopted but roughly restricted to the physical sphere: chastity became a matter of approved sexual conduct, castigation usually meaning physical punishment, either as a form of penance, as a voluntary pious exercise or as educational or other coercion, while the use for other punishments is now often perceived as metaphorical. Self-castigation is applied by the repentant culprit to himself, for moral and/or religious reasons, notably as penance.