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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
But the recent price bust chastened both seasoned executives and young people about to enter the industry.
He was chastened against Belgium, even discouraging the referee from checking VAR at one point.
Feeling chastened, perhaps, Neymar trimmed his mohawk before the final group-stage game.
The episode chastened the APA, which established the rule in 1973.
And there is little sign that Trump was chastened by this experience.
That attack also followed an alleged chemical-weapons attack, but what was meant to chasten the Assad regime and its allies at the time did nothing of the sort.
Fired abruptly by President Trump last year as the Russia investigation engulfed the young Trump administration, Mr. Comey has returned to the public spotlight, chastening the president on Twitter and writing a best-seller.
Merkel has been chastened by the eruption of German populism in the shape of the Alternative for Germany, the far-right anti-immigrant party that is now the official opposition in the German parliament.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of chasten
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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