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chasten

[chey-suh n]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to inflict suffering upon for purposes of moral improvement; chastise.
  2. to restrain; subdue: Age has chastened his violent temper.
  3. 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 formschas·ten·er, nounchas·ten·ing·ly, adverbchas·ten·ment, nounun·chas·tened, adjective

Synonyms

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1. discipline, punish. 2. humble. 3. purify, simplify.

Antonyms

1. indulge.
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Historical Examples

  • It is ours then to bow to the Chastener and let our honored and loved chieftain go.

    The Underground Railroad

    William Still


British Dictionary definitions for chastener

chasten

verb (tr)
  1. to bring to a state of submission; subdue; tame
  2. to discipline or correct by punishment
  3. to moderate; restrain; temper
Derived Formschastener, nounchasteningly, adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Old French chastier, from Latin castigāre; see castigate
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Word Origin and History for chastener

chasten

v.

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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