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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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Examples from the Web for chastising

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  • To the elder shall be assigned the duty of ruling and chastising the younger.

  • 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

    Friedrich Schiller

  • If all are going to be saved, what is the use of chastising oneself?

    The Son of a Servant

    August Strindberg

  • The task of chastising the nawab was at once made over to him.


British Dictionary definitions for chastising

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 chastising

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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