chasten

[ chey-suhn ]
/ ˈtʃeɪ sən /
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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.

Nearby words

  1. chassidim,
  2. chassis,
  3. chassé,
  4. chaste,
  5. chaste tree,
  6. chastening,
  7. chastise,
  8. chastisement,
  9. chastity,
  10. chastity belt

Origin of chasten

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

SYNONYMS FOR chasten
ANTONYMS FOR chasten

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

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British Dictionary definitions for chastening

chasten

/ (ˈtʃeɪsən) /

verb (tr)

to bring to a state of submission; subdue; tame
to discipline or correct by punishment
to moderate; restrain; temper
Derived Formschastener, nounchasteningly, adverb

Word Origin for chasten

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

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Word Origin and History for chastening

chasten

v.

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.

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