Simple Definition of chastise
: to criticize (someone) harshly for doing something wrong
Examples of chastise in a sentence
The waiter was chastised for forgetting the customer's order.
The coach is always chastising the players for minor mistakes.
Origin and Etymology of chastise
Middle English chastisen, alteration of chasten
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of chastise
Rhymes with chastise
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CHASTISE Defined for Kids
Definition of chastise for Students
1 : to punish severely (as by whipping)
2 : to criticize harshly <The boy was chastised for his behavior.>
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