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chastise

[chas-tahyz, chas-tahyz]
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verb (used with object), chas·tised, chas·tis·ing.
  1. to discipline, especially by corporal punishment.
  2. to criticize severely.
  3. Archaic. to restrain; chasten.
  4. Archaic. to refine; purify.
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Origin of chastise

1275–1325; Middle English chastisen, equivalent to chasti(en) to chasten + -s- < ? + -en infinitive suffix
Related formschas·tis·a·ble, adjectivechas·tise·ment [chas-tiz-muh nt, chas-tahyz-] /ˈtʃæs tɪz mənt, tʃæsˈtaɪz-/, nounchas·tis·er, nounnon·chas·tise·ment, nounself-chas·tise, verb (used with object), self·-chas·tised, self·-chas·tis·ing.self-chas·tise·ment, nounun·chas·tis·a·ble, adjectiveun·chas·tised, adjectiveun·chas·tis·ing, adjective

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1. punish, castigate; whip, beat, flog, spank.
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  • "Ready to chastise insolence, sir," cried Alleyne with flashing eyes.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • If he should appear in mine, I know how to chastise him, and to vindicate my own honour.

  • I wish to God I were a younger man, that I might chastise you for the hound you are.

  • She had a desire to chastise thought by strong, bracing action.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • Who is so foolish as to chastise or instruct the ugly, or the diminutive, or the feeble?


British Dictionary definitions for chastise

chastise

verb (tr)
  1. to discipline or punish, esp by beating
  2. to scold severely
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Derived Formschastisable, adjectivechastisement (ˈtʃæstɪzmənt, tʃæsˈtaɪz-), nounchastiser, noun

Word Origin

C14 chastisen, irregularly from chastien to chasten
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Word Origin and History for chastise

v.

c.1300, chastisen, from Old French chastiier "to warn, advise, instruct; chastise, admonish; punish; dominate, tame" (12c., Modern French châtier), from Latin castigare "to set or keep right, to reprove, chasten, to punish," literally "to make pure" (see castigate). Or perhaps from Middle English chastien (see chasten) + -ise, though this would be early for such a native formation. The form of the modern word "is not easily accounted for" [OED]. Related: Chastised; chastising.

He alone may chastise who loves. [Rabindranath Tagore, "The Crescent Moon," 1913]
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