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What is the opposite of pat on the back?

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Noun
Opposite of an approval of something as being of a satisfactory standard
Noun
The subjection of someone or something to contemptuous and dismissive language or behavior
“In this, Jane Austen's last completed work, satire and ridicule take a milder form, and the tone is more grave and tender.”
Noun
A rebuke or reprimand
Noun
A speech or lecture, typically long and tedious
Verb
To criticize or reprimand (someone) severely
“It isn't helpful to castigate a patient about his years of smoking when you are trying to treat his lung cancer.”
Verb
To subject to contemptuous and dismissive language or behavior
“Now, my friends, you may be sure that in a discussion of this character, the last expedient an opponent can resort to is an attempt to ridicule his antagonist's argument.”
Verb
To find fault (with something)
“I actually appreciate those who criticize me in a constructive manner.”
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