- to inflict suffering upon for purposes of moral improvement; chastise.
- to restrain; subdue: Age has chastened his violent temper.
- to make chaste in style.
Origin of chasten
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1. discipline, punish. 2. humble. 3. purify, simplify.
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Examples from the Web for chasten
It should chasten other countries, which can only dream of such mobility.Europe, Be Careful What You Ask For
November 2, 2008
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
To chasten this apparent chaos is a problem which man has set before him.Fragments of science, V. 1-2
But Mrs. Anthony Robeson will have to chasten her ideas a trifle.The Indifference of Juliet
Grace S. Richmond
She will chasten the exuberant ardour of the Provençal warrior.French and Oriental Love in a Harem
This business is going to chasten your soul, and make you mend your ways.The Tale of Timber Town
- to bring to a state of submission; subdue; tame
- to discipline or correct by punishment
- to moderate; restrain; temper
C16: from Old French chastier, from Latin castigāre; see castigate
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Word Origin and History for chasten
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