Definition of chasten
chasteningplay \ˈchās-niŋ, ˈchā-sən-iŋ\
chastenerplay \ˈchās-nər, ˈchā-sən-ər\ noun
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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
Diana raked through every line of his first book, on Matthew Arnold, chastening each awkward phrase and disciplining Lionel’s clauses and rhythms.
But if North Carolina Republicans have been chastened in Washington, there is scant evidence of it here in the state capital.
And these days, a Silicon Valley chastened by years of butting heads with government might see cooperation as the smarter move.
Be warned: While new communities are shiny and exciting at first, chastening cracks soon appear.
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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
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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