- to discipline, especially by corporal punishment.
- to criticize severely.
- Archaic. to restrain; chasten.
- Archaic. to refine; purify.
Origin of chastise
SynonymsSee more synonyms for chastise on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for chastised
Democrats chastised me for going against the party, but the most vocal detractors were my biggest supporters.Michelle Rhee: My Break With the Democrats
February 5, 2013
He chastised conservatives who had “lost heart” and “abandoned their principles” in the past, without specifying when or how.CPAC’s Enthusiastic Crowd Polled for Romney and Cheered for Palin
February 13, 2012
He was chastised for saying that though he sometimes disagreed with them, the founders were “almost always right.”The Google Religion
July 15, 2011
He chastised Menendez and other Senate leaders for not committing DSCC resources to helping Meek.Charlie Crist's Race Card
September 27, 2010
As an Iranian Jew, I am often chastised for trying to explain the bizarre behavior of this paranoid regime.Ahmadinejad Is No Hitler
June 18, 2009
The children never require to be chastised and are very obedient.Policing the Plains
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.
- to discipline or punish, esp by beating
- to scold severely
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]