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chastise

[chas-tahyz, chas-tahyz] /tʃæsˈtaɪz, ˈtʃæs taɪz/
verb (used with object), chastised, chastising.
1.
to discipline, especially by corporal punishment.
2.
to criticize severely.
3.
Archaic. to restrain; chasten.
4.
Archaic. to refine; purify.
Origin of chastise
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English chastisen, equivalent to chasti(en) to chasten + -s- < ? + -en infinitive suffix
Related forms
chastisable, adjective
chastisement
[chas-tiz-muh nt, chas-tahyz-] /ˈtʃæs tɪz mənt, tʃæsˈtaɪz-/ (Show IPA),
noun
chastiser, noun
nonchastisement, noun
self-chastise, verb (used with object), self-chastised, self-chastising.
self-chastisement, noun
unchastisable, adjective
unchastised, adjective
unchastising, adjective
Synonyms
1. punish, castigate; whip, beat, flog, spank.
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Examples from the Web for chastise
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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?

    Protagoras Plato
  • We have to chastise evil-doers; we must put a stop to those who would wax insolent.

    Hiero Xenophon
  • Again, to chastise the bad and reward the good belongs to both alike, methinks?

    The Memorabilia Xenophon
British Dictionary definitions for chastise

chastise

/tʃæsˈtaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to discipline or punish, esp by beating
2.
to scold severely
Derived Forms
chastisable, adjective
chastisement (ˈtʃæstɪzmənt; tʃæsˈtaɪz-) noun
chastiser, 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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