- to discipline, especially by corporal punishment.
- to criticize severely.
- Archaic. to restrain; chasten.
- Archaic. to refine; purify.
Origin of chastise
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Examples from the Web for chastise
When it appears it is largely used to chastise transsexuals and to promote celibacy.Intersexuality and God Through the Ages
November 9, 2014
We ask our celebrities to pour their hearts out, and then chastise them if they stain our buttoned-up shirts.Welcome to Generation Overshare: Lena Dunham, Taylor Swift, and the Politics of Self-Disclosure
November 6, 2014
Various social-media sites and platforms have begun to chastise the new sports darling for, of all things, the upkeep of her hair.Gabby Douglas Takes Two Olympic Golds—And Hair Criticism
August 2, 2012
"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.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
I wish to God I were a younger man, that I might chastise you for the hound you are.The Incomplete Amorist
She had a desire to chastise thought by strong, bracing action.A Spirit in Prison
Who is so foolish as to chastise or instruct the ugly, or the diminutive, or the feeble?Protagoras
- to discipline or punish, esp by beating
- to scold severely
Word Origin and History for chastise
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]