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[chas-tahyz, chas-tahyz]
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verb (used with object), chas·tised, chas·tis·ing.
  1. to discipline, especially by corporal punishment.
  2. to criticize severely.
  3. Archaic. to restrain; chasten.
  4. Archaic. to refine; purify.
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Origin of chastise

1275–1325; Middle English chastisen, equivalent to chasti(en) to chasten + -s- < ? + -en infinitive suffix
Related formschas·tis·a·ble, adjectivechas·tise·ment [chas-tiz-muhnt, chas-tahyz-] /ˈtʃæs tɪz mənt, tʃæsˈtaɪz-/, nounchas·tis·er, nounnon·chas·tise·ment, nounself-chas·tise, verb (used with object), self·-chas·tised, self·-chas·tis·ing.self-chas·tise·ment, nounun·chas·tis·a·ble, adjectiveun·chas·tised, adjectiveun·chas·tis·ing, adjective


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  • The children never require to be chastised and are very obedient.

  • Perhaps there was sometimes too much blood in their eye when they chastised you.

    The Wedding Ring

    T. De Witt Talmage

  • I have chastised him, as he deserves, and thrown his whip overboard.

    Sir Ludar

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • He chastised the frailties of others, but must be the victim of his own.

    The Call of the Blood

    Robert Smythe Hichens

  • In addressing the czar, they said, "Order me not to be chastised; order me to speak a word!"

    The Story of Russia

    R. Van Bergen, M.A.

British Dictionary definitions for chastised


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

Word Origin

C14 chastisen, irregularly from chastien to chasten
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Word Origin and History for chastised



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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