verb chas·tise \(ˌ)chas-ˈtīz\

: to criticize (someone) harshly for doing something wrong


Full Definition of CHASTISE

transitive verb
:  to inflict punishment on (as by whipping)
:  to censure severely :  castigate
archaic :  chasten 2
chas·tise·ment \(ˌ)chas-ˈtīz-mənt also ˈchas-təz-\ noun
chas·tis·er \(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


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