Definition of chastise
chastisementplay \(ˌ)chas-ˈtīz-mənt also ˈchas-təz-\ noun
chastiserplay \(ˌ)chas-ˈtī-zər\ noun
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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 of chastise from the Web
The letter was inspired by an incident at a recent meeting in which board president Sara Goodburn chastised parent Jeff Passan for mentioning a school board member by name.
Sen. Lena Taylor, a Milwaukee Democrat who is black, chastised Meyer.
Those concerns were amplified in a letter from several lawmakers, chastising the use of a Chinese manufacturer rather than Feldmeier, which makes similar tanks.
Coming one day after Trump chastised North Atlantic Treaty Organization partners for allegedly not carrying their weight in defense spending, tensions could be high.
A vintage Jaguar went for €500,000 ($560,000) just before a five day trek to meet with the Dalai Lama in the Himalayas went for €350,000 ($391,000), prompting Christoph Waltz to chastise the crowd:
Instead, the president chastised European allies for failing to pay their fair share to the alliance.
Alexis had never been chastised for her weight so the criticism shook her.
Reigning series champion Daniel Suarez chastised his fellow drivers for being too aggressive too early in the race.
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Synonym Discussion of chastise
CHASTISE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of chastise for English Language Learners
: to criticize (someone) harshly for doing something wrong
CHASTISE Defined for Kids
Definition of chastise for Students
1 : to punish severely (as by whipping)
2 : to criticize harshly The boy was chastised for his behavior.
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