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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
The Commission had been chastened by an earlier controversy over a device called the Hush-A-Phone.
Tuesday night saw the Blues concede three goals against Roma for the second time in a fortnight - this time without hitting any of their own in reply; following up a 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge with a chastening 3-0 defeat at the Stadio Olimpico.
The demotions, punishments and public censure appear to have chastened Puig.
All these years after getting chastened by antitrust actions and the internet, Bill Gates is still a multibillionaire, and Microsoft remains one of America’s most valuable companies.
In that environment, images can be understood to reveal something that presidential words, chastened and abused, cannot.
The crew members creep out of their cabins, chastened, relieved, curious to see what the outside world looks like.
Chastened by the letter, Carson offered a gracious on-air apology.
Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., its chairman, was by most accounts chastened by harsh blowback to a draft bill floated in April that would have made service members pay to be eligible for G.I. Bill benefits.
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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.
Synonymscastigate, punish, chastise, correct, discipline, penalize
Antonymsexcuse, pardon, spare
Related Wordsassess, charge, dock, fine, impose, levy, mulct; convict, sentence; condemn, damn, denounce; criticize, keelhaul, rebuke, reprimand, reprove; wreak
Near Antonymsforfeit; get off, ransom, release; commute, reprieve; absolve, acquit, exculpate, exonerate, vindicate
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
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