chas·tise | \ (ˌ)chas-ˈtīz \
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)chas-ˈtīz-mənt alsoˈchas-təz- \ noun
chastiser \(ˌ)chas-ˈtī-zər \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for chastise


castigate, chasten, correct, discipline, penalize, punish


excuse, pardon, spare

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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.

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The chief executive officer of Stanley Black & Decker Inc. on Wednesday touted efforts to bring innovative business to Hartford while chastising Connecticut for failing to be more competitive. Stephen Singer,, "Stanley Black & Decker CEO Touts Innovation In Hartford, Raps Connecticut As Uncompetitive," 20 June 2018 The newspaper interview prompted refuge manager David Lucas to chastise Johnson in an email sent Sunday from his government account and obtained by The Associated Press. Washington Post, "APNewsBreak: Official blasts critic of nuclear plant cleanup," 8 June 2018 Justice Shirley Abrahamson, a member of the court's two-justice liberal minority, chastised the court in a concurring opinion for not listing the participating justice's names and votes. Todd Richmond,, "Wisconsin Supreme Court blocks concrete company from digging up American Indian burial mounds," 22 May 2018 After that refusal, Ms. Krim chastised Ms. Ortega in front of her children’s school, an exchange prosecutors said infuriated the nanny. Jan Ransom And James C. Mckinley Jr., New York Times, "‘Deceived and Betrayed’ by Nanny’s Family, Krims Want References Law," 19 Apr. 2018 Rodriguez emphasized Cuba's achievements in healthcare and education and chastised the U.S. embargo as a major factor in depriving Cubans of their human rights. Mimi Whitefield, miamiherald, "U.N. members offer 339 suggestions on how Cuba can improve human rights record | Miami Herald," 25 May 2018 Kapler received a public chastising from umpire Jerry Layne, a warning from the commissioner’s office and a thorough booing from fans when the Phillies were introduced before the home opener at Citizens Bank Park. Scott Lauber,, "Gabe Kapler can relate to Mets manager Mickey Callaway's gaffe," 11 May 2018 The Democrats made a huge mistake by chastising the Trump supporters, and that was disgusting to me. Melissa Locker, Time, "Jennifer Lawrence Discusses the Turning Point That Finally Got Her Into Politics," 27 Feb. 2018 Pederson was chastised by the judge on more than one occasion for outbursts in court, some involving profanity, during pre-sentencing hearings. Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, "Man convicted of terrorist threat against Lake County Courthouse sentenced and released," 9 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of chastise

: to criticize (someone) harshly for doing something wrong


chas·tise | \ cha-ˈstīz \
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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