chastise

verb
chas·​tise | \ (ˌ)cha-ˈstīz How to pronounce chastise (audio) \
chastised; chastising

Definition of chastise

transitive verb

1 : to censure severely : castigate The coach chastised the players for their mistakes.
2 : to inflict punishment on (as by whipping)
3 archaic : chasten sense 2

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Other Words from chastise

chastisement \ (ˌ)cha-​ˈstīz-​mənt How to pronounce chastisement (audio) also  ˈchas-​təz-​ \ noun
chastiser \ (ˌ)cha-​ˈstī-​zər How to pronounce chastiser (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of chastise in a Sentence

The waiter was chastised for forgetting the customer's order. The coach is always chastising the players for minor mistakes.
Recent Examples on the Web During this meeting, Principal Crouse proceeded to condemn and chastise all attending football players, including the victims, as well as witnesses alike. Dan Morse, Washington Post, "Locker room sex assault victims sue Md. school system, asserting officials ignored ‘brooming’ ritual to protect football program," 6 Feb. 2020 The legal team also delved into areas that Democrats see as outside the scope of impeachment, chastising former FBI Director James Comey and seizing on surveillance errors the FBI has acknowledged making in its Russian election interference probe. Lisa Mascaro, Anchorage Daily News, "GOP doesn’t have votes to block witnesses, McConnell says," 29 Jan. 2020 The legal team also delved into areas that Democrats see as outside the scope of impeachment, chastising former FBI Director James Comey and seizing on surveillance errors the FBI has acknowledged making in its Russian election interference probe. Eric Tucker, Fortune, "GOP doesn’t have votes to block witnesses, McConnell says," 29 Jan. 2020 Needless to say, the internet is up in arms, some chastising the policy as discrimination while others laud the restaurant for finally standing up to children. Beth Spotswood, SFChronicle.com, "Perceptive parents give peace a chance," 6 Jan. 2020 When teammates anonymously chastised Beilein, attacking him and questioning unconventional coaching methods, Thompson gave an impassioned defense. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Tristan Thompson, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ ‘heart and soul,’ shouldn’t be traded: Chris Fedor," 29 Dec. 2019 A week before the election, in a to-camera monologue that was widely shared, the BBC’s most feared political interviewer goaded and chastised the prime minister for avoiding a grilling. The Economist, "Britain’s election fallout spells danger for the BBC," 21 Dec. 2019 House Republican leadership in both chambers chastised Pelosi and her fellow Democrats about the signing ceremony. Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, "'No one's giggling around here': Democrats defend impeachment ceremony," 16 Jan. 2020 The adviser also chastised South Korea, accusing Seoul of tempting to re-insert itself in the role of mediator between Pyongyang and Washington by announcing that Trump had asked the longtime US ally to help deliver his birthday message. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "North Korea says US 'deceived' Pyongyang on nuclear talks after Trump sends Kim birthday card," 11 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of chastise

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for chastise

Middle English chastisen, alteration of chasten — see chasten

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“Chastise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chastise. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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chastise

verb
How to pronounce chastise (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of chastise

formal : to criticize (someone) harshly for doing something wrong

chastise

verb
chas·​tise | \ cha-ˈstīz How to pronounce chastise (audio) \
chastised; chastising

Kids Definition of chastise

1 : to punish severely (as by whipping)
2 : to criticize harshly The boy was chastised for his behavior.

Other Words from chastise

chastisement \ -​mənt \ noun

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