chasten

[ chey-suhn ]
/ ˈtʃeɪ sən /

verb (used with object)

to inflict suffering upon for purposes of moral improvement; chastise.
to restrain; subdue: Age has chastened his violent temper.
to make chaste in style.

Origin of chasten

1520–30; chaste + -en1; replacing chaste (v.), Middle English chastien < Old French chastier < Latin castigāre; see castigate

Related forms

chas·ten·er, nounchas·ten·ing·ly, adverbchas·ten·ment, nounun·chas·tened, adjective
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chasten

/ (ˈtʃeɪsən) /

verb (tr)

to bring to a state of submission; subdue; tame
to discipline or correct by punishment
to moderate; restrain; temper

Derived Forms

chastener, nounchasteningly, adverb

Word Origin for chasten

C16: from Old French chastier, from Latin castigāre; see castigate
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