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Words nearby chastisement
What does chastisement mean?
Chastisement is “a strong verbal reprimand” or “severe criticism,” such as the scolding a child may face for coloring on the walls—or the talking-to an employee gets for imbibing too much eggnog at the company holiday party.
More commonly in British English, chastisement can also refer to corporal punishment, like a spanking or a beating.
Example: The careless driver had hoped the cop would let her go with a stern chastisement, but the officer wrote her a speeding ticket.
Where does chastisement come from?
Chastisement is a noun form of chastise, “to discipline (physically)” and “criticize severely.” Borrowed into English from French, chastise ultimately comes from the Latin castigāre, “to chasten, punish, correct.”
Many countries around the world, including the U.S., have laws allowing parents—or adults acting in the place of parents, such as teachers—to use corporal punishment on children as long as it doesn’t injure them. The U.K., Ireland, and Australia, among others, refer to this punishment as reasonable chastisement, which is commonly done in the form of smacking (called “spanking” in the U.S.). In 2019, Scotland notably banned such chastisement outright.
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What are some other forms of chastisement?
- chastise (verb)
- chastiser (agent noun)
What are some synonyms for chastisement?
What are some words that share a root or word element with chastisement?
What are some words that often get used in discussing chastisement?
- corporal punishment
- physical punishment
What are some words chastisement may be commonly confused with?
How is chastisement used in real life?
The verb chastise is widely used for when someone sharply criticizes another, especially in a public or high-profile way. And chastisement is also used to refer to an act of such criticism.
To parent: You people should watch your mouth, we need encouragement not chastisement. Not being up to one's mate doesn't mean one won't make it in life, we have different life to live. To everyone else, mind your business & stop asking unnecessary questions. #TuesdayThoughts
— HAKEEM (@dansatty) May 28, 2019
In British English as it is used in the U.K. and around the world, chastisement specifically refers to the corporal punishment of children.
Sweden outlawed smacking in 1979. Scotland will be the 57th country to follow & Wales isn’t far behind. The bill ends the outdated defence of reasonable chastisement & rightly gives children equal protection from assault as adults. England needs to urgently follow suit. https://t.co/9e7NDcJFkC
— Anne Longfield (@annelongfield) October 3, 2019
Chastisement is also found in religious contexts, given its use in the King James Bible and English translations of the Qur’an, where it generally refers to physical punishment.
"But He was wounded for our transgressions. He was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed." Isaiah 53:5
Thank you, #Jesus, for Your great love and sacrifice for us.
— Steppes of Faith (@SteppesF) October 14, 2019
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Which of the following is an antonym of chastisement?