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

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>.
CHASTISING Defined for Kids


verb chas·tise \cha-ˈstīz\

Definition of CHASTISE for Kids

:  to punish severely (as by whipping)
:  to criticize harshly <The boy was chastised for his behavior.>
chas·tise·ment \-mənt\ noun


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