chas·​tise | \ ˈcha-ˌstīz How to pronounce chastise (audio) , (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

Other Words from chastise

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

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There are many words to express the infliction of a penalty in return for wrongdoing—for example, chastise, castigate, chasten, correct, discipline, and punish. Of these, chastise, chasten, and castigate share similar origins as well as similar meanings. Chastise developed as an altered form of chasten, which comes from the Anglo-French chastier, which has its roots in the Latin verb castigare, which also gave English the word castigate.

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 Smith was 9 at the time and would long chastise himself for not defending his mother. Aaron Morrison, ajc, 2 Apr. 2022 Before a game, Benner would stand courtside and Miller would walk over to him to jokingly chastise Benner, pointing a finger close to Benner's face. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 3 Apr. 2022 The proceedings only went downhill from there, with one Democratic member - Katie Porter of California - using jars of M&Ms and bags of rice to chastise the oil companies for producing too much oil. David Blackmon, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 Someone with low optimism might self-chastise, speak from a victim mindset or pass the blame to other people. Roberta Moore, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2022 Many Ukrainians chastise Russians for increasingly accepting middle-class comforts afforded by the country’s oil wealth in exchange for declining to resist limits on their freedoms. New York Times, 7 Mar. 2022 Some students have refused to wear masks at school and, when school leaders have refused to admit or have removed mask-less children from classrooms, some of their parents have taken to social media to chastise them or to protest. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Feb. 2022 One of two Republicans on the House committee, Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., also took to Twitter to chastise Cruz for championing the theory. Josh Meyer, USA TODAY, 12 Jan. 2022 That lack of remorse is what led a magistrate judge in Atlanta to chastise him and deny him bond in a hearing in June. Chris Joyner, ajc, 1 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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25 Apr 2022

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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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