verb (used with object), chas·tised, chas·tis·ing.
- chaste tree,
- chastity belt,
Origin of chastise
Examples from the Web for chastise
When it appears it is largely used to chastise transsexuals and to promote celibacy.
We ask our celebrities to pour their hearts out, and then chastise them if they stain our buttoned-up shirts.Welcome to Generation Overshare: Lena Dunham, Taylor Swift, and the Politics of Self-Disclosure|Marlow Stern|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Various social-media sites and platforms have begun to chastise the new sports darling for, of all things, the upkeep of her hair.Gabby Douglas Takes Two Olympic Golds—And Hair Criticism|Allison Samuels|August 2, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Dominic wore a light iron cuirass, which he never put off except to chastise himself.Curiosities of Christian History|Croake James
The idea may be that, if she is “out of breath,” she cannot chastise so much.The Traditional Games of England, Scotland, and Ireland (Vol I of II)|Alice Bertha Gomme
If he commit iniquity, I will chastise him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men.The Expositor's Bible: The First Book of Kings|F. W. Farrar
The Schnorrer's audacity sobered Joseph Grobstock completely; it might have angered him to chastise the fellow, but it did not.The King of Schnorrers|Israel Zangwill
Odoacer passed the Adriatic, to chastise the assassins of the emperor Nepos, and to acquire the maritime province of Dalmatia.The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire|Edward Gibbon
Word Origin for chastise
c.1300, chastisen, from Old French chastiier "to warn, advise, instruct; chastise, admonish; punish; dominate, tame" (12c., Modern French châtier), from Latin castigare "to set or keep right, to reprove, chasten, to punish," literally "to make pure" (see castigate). Or perhaps from Middle English chastien (see chasten) + -ise, though this would be early for such a native formation. The form of the modern word "is not easily accounted for" [OED]. Related: Chastised; chastising.
He alone may chastise who loves. [Rabindranath Tagore, "The Crescent Moon," 1913]