verb (used with object)
- chaste tree,
- chastity belt
Origin of chasten
Examples from the Web for chasten
It should chasten other countries, which can only dream of such mobility.
Do we destroy the slave who fails in his duty, or chasten him, and give him inferior trusts?Charlemont|W. Gilmore Simms
You see how urgent it is that each should guard his lips, chasten his pen, and aspire to simplicity of speech.The Simple Life|Charles Wagner
A tune is splendor and a turn is that which a mark on the floor does not chasten.Geography and Plays|Gertrude Stein
Word Origin for chasten
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.