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verb chas·ten \ˈchā-sən\

Simple Definition of chasten

  • : to cause (someone) to feel sad or embarrassed about something that has happened

Full Definition of chasten

chas·tenedchas·ten·ing play \ˈchās-niŋ, ˈchā-sən-iŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to correct by punishment or suffering :  discipline; also :  purify

  3. 2 a :  to prune (as a work or style of art) of excess, pretense, or falsity :  refine b :  to cause to be more humble or restrained :  subdue

chas·ten·er play \ˈchās-nər, ˈchā-sən-ər\ noun

Examples of chasten

  1. <chastened the child with five minutes of sitting in the corner>

  2. <the unexpected loss to a second-rate player really chastened the tournament's top-seeded tennis star>

Origin of chasten

alteration of obsolete English chaste to chasten, from Middle English, from Anglo-French chastier, from Latin castigare, from castus + -igare (from agere to drive) — more at act

First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of chasten

punish, chastise, castigate, chasten, discipline, correct mean to inflict a penalty on in requital for wrongdoing. punish implies subjecting to a penalty for wrongdoing <punished for stealing>. chastise may apply to either the infliction of corporal punishment or to verbal censure or denunciation <chastised his son for neglecting his studies>. castigate usually implies a severe, typically public censure <an editorial castigating the entire city council>. chasten suggests any affliction or trial that leaves one humbled or subdued <chastened by a landslide election defeat>. discipline implies a punishing or chastening in order to bring under control <parents must discipline their children>. correct implies punishing aimed at reforming an offender <the function of prison is to correct the wrongdoer>.

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February 13, 2016

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