- 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
Synonyms for chasten
Antonyms for chasten
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It is ours then to bow to the Chastener and let our honored and loved chieftain go.The Underground Railroad
- to bring to a state of submission; subdue; tame
- to discipline or correct by punishment
- to moderate; restrain; temper
Word Origin for chasten
C16: from Old French chastier, from Latin castigāre; see castigate
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