to discipline, especially by corporal punishment.
to criticize severely.
Archaic. to restrain; chasten.
Archaic. to refine; purify.
- chas·tis·a·ble, adjective
- chas·tise·ment [chas-tiz-muhnt, chas-tahyz-], /ˈtʃæs tɪz mənt, tʃæsˈtaɪz-/, noun
- chas·tis·er, noun
- non·chas·tise·ment, noun
- self-chas·tise, verb (used with object), self-chas·tised, self-chas·tis·ing.
- self-chas·tise·ment, noun
- un·chas·tis·a·ble, adjective
- un·chas·tis·ing, adjective
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How to use chastise in a sentence
It’s quite revealing how Ann Coulter chastised the Clinton camp for branding Paula Jones trailer trash, only to turn around and call her trailer trash when she posed for Playboy.Cobie Smulders on Her Stunning Transformation Into Devious Ann Coulter | Marlow Stern | September 10, 2021 | The Daily Beast
So, I accepted the job, packed up my life and moved to a new city, feeling grateful for the opportunity and chastising myself for not asking for even a tiny, ego-preserving salary bump.Nikole Hannah-Jones hasn’t started teaching at Howard yet. But already, she’s imparting lessons. | Theresa Vargas | July 7, 2021 | Washington Post
Many on the right are chastising critical race theory and challenging whether such a thing as systemic racism exists.A well-worn argument about race, intelligence and violence | Theodore Johnson | June 25, 2021 | Washington Post
Hunt’s cousin, William Spencer, chastised Welker in a private letter.Our politics is no uglier or more dysfunctional than in the past | Kyle Longley | May 14, 2021 | Washington Post
Harvard professor Cornel West and his co-author chastised Howard’s removal of their classics department, deeming it a “spiritual catastrophe.”
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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
A husband cannot chastise his wife, but he may use force to restrain her from committing a violent criminal wrong.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
And therefore he never withdraweth his mercy from us: but though he chastise his people with adversity he forsaketh them not.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
Fearing for the safety of Galway, Sidney prepared to chastise the rebels in person.Ireland Under the Tudors, Vol. II (of 3) | Richard Bagwell
My opinion was that half a dozen lackeys should be sent to chastise monsieur, but mademoiselle decided otherwise.The Light That Lures | Percy Brebner
He would have given much to be able to chastise the insolent Englishman then and there.The Bronze Eagle | Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
British Dictionary definitions for chastise
to discipline or punish, esp by beating
to scold severely
- chastisable, adjective
- chastisement (ˈtʃæstɪzmənt, tʃæsˈtaɪz-), noun
- chastiser, noun
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