verb (used with object)
- chaste tree,
- chastity belt
Origin of chasten
Examples from the Web for chastening
How chastening it is for America—and how disconcerting—to be cut down to size, yet again, by the Chinese.
Then, too, opposition tends to focus the marginalized mind, undistracted as it is by the chastening realities of power.
No sight of evil, no preaching, no example, no chastening can produce the result.Multiplied Blessings|Edward Hoare
This is, at least, so far true, that the necessity and benefit of chastening are very plainly set before us.
For the higher the function for which Israel was called, the more need was there of chastening.The Expositor's Bible: The First Book of Samuel|W. G. Blaikie
He who is chastened and receives the chastening may not be saved in those six troubles, yea seven.Expositor's Bible: The Book of Job|Robert Watson
Altogether, a chastening encounter; and my memory of it was tinged with a feeble resentment.And Even Now|Max Beerbohm
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.