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[chey-suh n]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to inflict suffering upon for purposes of moral improvement; chastise.
  2. to restrain; subdue: Age has chastened his violent temper.
  3. to make chaste in style.
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Origin of chasten

1520–30; chaste + -en1; replacing chaste (v.), Middle English chastien < Old French chastier < Latin castigāre; see castigate
Related formschas·ten·er, nounchas·ten·ing·ly, adverbchas·ten·ment, nounun·chas·tened, adjective


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1. discipline, punish. 2. humble. 3. purify, simplify.


1. indulge.
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  • And no human being was ever yet made the most of by lavish and unchastened indulgence.

    Household Education

    Harriet Martineau

  • How earnestly he hoped for her recovery, yet how unchastened was his spirit!

    The Torn Bible

    Alice Somerton

  • What a racket they had made in the heyday of their unchastened youth!

    The Story of a Bad Boy

    Thomas Bailey Aldrich

  • Chiefly, indeed, upon the unchastened imagination of credulous ignorance.

    Flowers of Freethought

    George W. Foote

  • Local interests would still be found there, and unchastened ambition.

British Dictionary definitions for unchastened


verb (tr)
  1. to bring to a state of submission; subdue; tame
  2. to discipline or correct by punishment
  3. to moderate; restrain; temper
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Derived Formschastener, nounchasteningly, adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Old French chastier, from Latin castigāre; see castigate
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Word Origin and History for unchastened



1520s, with -en (1) + the word it replaced, obsolete verb chaste "to correct (someone's) behavior" (Middle English chastien, c.1200), from Old French chastiier "to punish" (see chastise). Related: Chastened; chastening.

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