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[chey-suh n] /ˈtʃeɪ sən/
verb (used with object)
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
1520-30; chaste + -en1; replacing chaste (v.), Middle English chastien < Old French chastier < Latin castigāre; see castigate
Related forms
chastener, noun
chasteningly, adverb
chastenment, noun
unchastened, adjective
1. discipline, punish. 2. humble. 3. purify, simplify.
1. indulge. Unabridged
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  • Fond as she had become of Angela's sweet young mother, it must be owned that whom Janet loved in this way she often chastened.

    An Apache Princess Charles King
  • Jeremiah surveyed her bright face with chastened melancholy.

    Hildegarde's Holiday Laura E. Richards
  • They are chastened to wean them from the world, and make them partakers of God's holiness.

    Practical Religion John Charles Ryle
  • Imagination was chastened by knowledge, but not systematised into rigid rules.

    The Story of Paris Thomas Okey
  • It was the voice of the prodigal, chastened and penitent: "I will arise and go to my father."

    V. V.'s Eyes Henry Sydnor Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for chastened


verb (transitive)
to bring to a state of submission; subdue; tame
to discipline or correct by punishment
to moderate; restrain; temper
Derived Forms
chastener, noun
chasteningly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Old French chastier, from Latin castigāre; see castigate
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Word Origin and History for chastened



1520s, with -en (1) + the word it replaced, obsolete verb chaste "to correct (someone's) behavior" (Middle English chastien, c.1200), from Old French chastiier "to punish" (see chastise). Related: Chastened; chastening.

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