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chastise

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verb chas·tise \(ˌ)chas-ˈtīz\

Simple Definition of chastise

  • : to criticize (someone) harshly for doing something wrong

Full Definition of chastise

chas·tisedchas·tis·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to inflict punishment on (as by whipping)

  3. 2 :  to censure severely :  castigate

  4. 3 archaic :  chasten 2

chas·tise·ment play \(ˌ)chas-ˈtīz-mənt also ˈchas-təz-\ noun
chas·tis·er play \(ˌ)chas-ˈtī-zər\ noun

Examples of chastise

  1. The waiter was chastised for forgetting the customer's order.

  2. The coach is always chastising the players for minor mistakes.



Origin of chastise

Middle English chastisen, alteration of chasten


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of chastise

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>.

CHASTISE Defined for Kids

chastise

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verb chas·tise \cha-ˈstīz\

Definition of chastise

chas·tisedchas·tis·ing

  1. 1 :  to punish severely (as by whipping)

  2. 2 :  to criticize harshly <The boy was chastised for his behavior.>

chas·tise·ment \-mənt\ noun




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