- 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 chastened
A GOP that lost three in a row might be chastened enough to cooperate, at least sometimes.Obama Outlines His Post-Presidency
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An Army doctor stepped over with a stethoscope and chastened the firing squad when he determined that the heart was still beating.The Last American Soldier Executed for Desertion
June 6, 2014
When she tries to join a conversation between two men at dinner she is chastened for her assertiveness.American Dreams, 1924: ‘So Big’ by Edna Ferber
March 29, 2014
The whole experience has chastened the Florida freshman, who has tacked right on every issue since.Six Events From 2013 That Will Affect the 2016 White House Race
December 18, 2013
He managed to sound humble and chastened as he said, “I know I'm an imperfect messenger.”Weiner’s Desperate Rockaway Trip
August 1, 2013
His spirit must be chastened, as must that of many more in this Abbey.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
"You heard what Roly said," he replied, with a chastened expression.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
It was a gloomy-religion, whose hope was but chastened despair!Diary And Notes Of Horace Templeton, Esq.
Charles James Lever
There was a subdued and chastened cadence in the inquiry that pleased me.The O'Ruddy
The faults of his first style still linger, but they are chastened.My Contemporaries In Fiction
David Christie Murray
- 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 chastened
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