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Examples of chasten in a Sentence
chastened the child with five minutes of sitting in the corner
the unexpected loss to a second-rate player really chastened the tournament's top-seeded tennis star
Recent Examples of chasten from the Web
Xavier, at times, looked like a team chastened by the physicality, or at least a team unable to cope with it.
The company is among a group of large Chinese firms chastened by the government for making splashy overseas purchases of hotels, movie theaters and film production companies.
The company was chastened in 2015 when it was fined $975 million by the Chinese government, which charged the firm with unfair pricing.
There is no sense of chastening or remorse on the right.
When contacted by NBC News, the journalists identified by the Times as having bought Twitter followers had a range of responses: Many ducked requests for comment, others blamed associates, while just one sounded chastened.
Westbrook and Tipirneni are also emblematic of the divide between the party’s ascendant left and chastened center in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump.
Collin Street Bakery says it has been chastened by the experience.
The Commission had been chastened by an earlier controversy over a device called the Hush-A-Phone.
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Did You Know?
If you say you would "castigate" or "chastise" someone in order to "chasten" them, you demonstrate a good knowledge of the origin of "chasten" - all three verbs derive from the Latin verb castigare, meaning "to punish." The trio shares an initial sense of "to subject to severe and often physical punishment," but all three verbs are now as likely to refer to a verbal dressing-down as a physical lesson. "Chasten" (which arrived in English via Anglo-French chastier) can also be used to mean "to prune of excess, pretense, or falsity." This led to the more general sense of "to make more subdued," although the humility can be imposed by a humiliating situation as easily as by a strict taskmaster.
Synonym Discussion of chasten
- punished for stealing
- chastised his son for neglecting his studies
- an editorial castigating the entire city council
- chastened by a landslide election defeat
- parents must discipline their children
- the function of prison is to correct the wrongdoer
CHASTEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of chasten for English Language Learners
: to cause (someone) to feel sad or embarrassed about something that has happened
CHASTEN Defined for Kids
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