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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.

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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Examples from the Web for chastised

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  • The children never require to be chastised and are very obedient.

  • Perhaps there was sometimes too much blood in their eye when they chastised you.

    The Wedding Ring

    T. De Witt Talmage

  • I have chastised him, as he deserves, and thrown his whip overboard.

    Sir Ludar

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • He chastised the frailties of others, but must be the victim of his own.

    The Call of the Blood</p>

    Robert Smythe Hichens

  • In addressing the czar, they said, "Order me not to be chastised; order me to speak a word!"

    The Story of Russia

    R. Van Bergen, M.A.


British Dictionary definitions for chastised

chastise

verb (tr)
  1. to discipline or punish, esp by beating
  2. to scold severely
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 chastised

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]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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