castigatory
Cucking stool Cuck"ing stool` (k?k"?ng st??l`). [Cf. AS. scealfingst[=o]l, a word of similar meaning, allied to scealfor a diver, mergus avis; or possibly from F. coquine a hussy, slut, jade, f. of coquin, OE. cokin, a rascal; or cf. Icel. k?ka to dung, k?kr dung, the name being given as to a disgracing or infamous punishment.] A kind of chair formerly used for punishing scolds, and also dishonest tradesmen, by fastening them in it, usually in front of their doors, to be pelted and hooted at by the mob, but sometimes to be taken to the water and ducked; -- called also a {castigatory}, a {tumbrel}, and a {trebuchet}; and often, but not so correctly, a {ducking stool}. --Sir. W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

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  • Castigatory — Cas ti*ga*to*ry, a. [L. castigatorius.] Punitive in order to amendment; corrective. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Castigatory — Cas ti*ga*to*ry, n. An instrument formerly used to punish and correct arrant scolds; called also a {ducking stool}, or {trebucket}. Blacktone. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • castigatory — index calumnious, disciplinary (punitory), pejorative, penal, punitive Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • castigatory — adj. punishing; critical …   English contemporary dictionary

  • castigatory — n. (Law.) Trebuchet or trebucket, tumbrel or tumbril, ducking stool, cucking stool …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • castigatory — cas·ti·ga·to·ry …   English syllables

  • castigatory — An engine used to punish women who had been convicted of being common scolds. It was sometimes called the trebucket, tumbrel, ducking stool, or cucking stool …   Black's law dictionary

  • castigatory — An engine used to punish women who had been convicted of being common scolds. It was sometimes called the trebucket, tumbrel, ducking stool, or cucking stool …   Black's law dictionary

  • castigatory — A contrivance for punishing common scolds. See cucking stool …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • castigatory — I. gəˌtōrē adjective Etymology: Latin castigatorius, from castigatus + orius ory : of or concerned with castigation : punitive II. noun ( es) obsolete …   Useful english dictionary

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