[ chey-suhn ]
See synonyms for: chastenchastenedchastening on

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.

  1. 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

Other words for chasten

Opposites for chasten

Other words from chasten

  • chas·ten·er, noun
  • chas·ten·ing·ly, adverb
  • chas·ten·ment, noun
  • un·chas·tened, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use chasten in a sentence

  • Instead, he seems to be remembered with tolerance by even those whom he visited with a chastening pen.

  • I should rejoice to see her passing through a discipline so chastening and exalting.

    Ernest Linwood | Caroline Lee Hentz
  • He had had no experience of the chastening rod, and could not conceive that anything of the sort was needed for Amanda.

    Dry Fish and Wet | Anthon Bernhard Elias Nilsen
  • Whatever vices I have seem to be exaggerated by my malaise—such "chastening" not answering the purpose of purification in my case.

British Dictionary definitions for chasten


/ (ˈtʃeɪsən) /

  1. to bring to a state of submission; subdue; tame

  2. to discipline or correct by punishment

  1. to moderate; restrain; temper

Origin of chasten

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

Derived forms of chasten

  • chastener, noun
  • chasteningly, adverb

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