verb chas·tise \ (ˌ)chas-ˈtīz \
Updated on: 17 Feb 2018

Definition of chastise

chastised; chastising
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 2


play \(ˌ)chas-ˈtīz-mənt also ˈchas-təz-\ noun


play \(ˌ)chas-ˈtī-zər\ noun

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Examples of chastise in a Sentence

  1. The waiter was chastised for forgetting the customer's order.

  2. The coach is always chastising the players for minor mistakes.

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Origin and Etymology of chastise

Middle English chastisen, alteration of chasten — see chasten

Synonym Discussion of 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

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


verb chas·tise \ cha-ˈstīz \

Definition of chastise for Students

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


\-mənt\ noun

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