- 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 chastising
We call him Tom and not Branson and we keep [chastising] Violet for calling him Branson when she should be calling him Tom.‘Downton Abbey’ Season 3: Julian Fellowes, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, and More
January 4, 2013
West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin wrote a letter to the president of MTV chastising the channel for the show.‘Duck Dynasty,’ ‘Buckwild,’ ‘Honey Boo Boo,’ and the 99 Percent
December 13, 2012
Barbara Boxer, the normally AIPAC-aligned California senator, followed up by chastising the Israeli prime minister.
Barbara Boxer, the normally-AIPAC aligned California senator, followed up by chastising the Israeli prime minister.
Barbara was chastising George W. for eating so quickly (he does everything fast).Mark McKinnon: Backstage at the Bush Movie
August 30, 2012
To the elder shall be assigned the duty of ruling and chastising the younger.The Republic
He shrugged when he ought to have been chastising; and he stormed when he ought to have held his tongue.The Master of the Shell
Talbot Baines Reed
The stage alone can do this with impunity, chastising us as the anonymous fool.The Aesthetical Essays
If all are going to be saved, what is the use of chastising oneself?The Son of a Servant
The task of chastising the nawab was at once made over to him.A History of England
- to discipline or punish, esp by beating
- to scold severely
Word Origin and History for chastising
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]