chastise

[ chas-tahyz, chas-tahyz ]
/ tʃæsˈtaɪz, ˈtʃæs taɪz /

verb (used with object), chas·tised, chas·tis·ing.

to discipline, especially by corporal punishment.
to criticize severely.
Archaic. to restrain; chasten.
Archaic. to refine; purify.

Nearby words

  1. chassé,
  2. chaste,
  3. chaste tree,
  4. chasten,
  5. chastening,
  6. chastisement,
  7. chastity,
  8. chastity belt,
  9. chasuble,
  10. chat

Origin of chastise

1275–1325; Middle English chastisen, equivalent to chasti(en) to chasten + -s- < ? + -en infinitive suffix

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British Dictionary definitions for chastise

chastise

/ (tʃæsˈtaɪz) /

verb (tr)

to discipline or punish, esp by beating
to scold severely
Derived Formschastisable, adjectivechastisement (ˈtʃæstɪzmənt, tʃæsˈtaɪz-), nounchastiser, noun

Word Origin for chastise

C14 chastisen, irregularly from chastien to chasten

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Word Origin and History for chastise

chastise

v.

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]
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