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 also  ˈchas-​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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By day’s end, after the president had chastised him in a private meeting, Price had handed in to the White House a four-paragraph resignation letter. Amy Goldstein, Washington Post, "Former HHS secretary Tom Price’s air travel wasted $341,000 in government funds, watchdog says," 13 July 2018 Beel kicked Wright and Shepard out after Carter chastised her for hosting strangers in her apartment. Perry Vandell, azcentral, "Two connected to 2016 Surprise double homicide await trial after multistate manhunt," 2 July 2018 In the midst of what is shaping up as a Cy Young Award-caliber season — never mind the low number of wins — deGrom chastised himself for his inability to control his pitches. David Waldstein, New York Times, "Jacob deGrom Blames Himself as the Mets Lose to the Dodgers in a Team Effort," 24 June 2018 Johnson conceded that there would be bumps in the road during the Brexit process, but chastised those who were worried about the short-term economic downsides and potential turbulence on the UK's borders due to Brexit. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "Trump could handle Brexit better than Theresa May, Boris Johnson says," 8 June 2018 There were moral condemnations from liberal portion of the media while conservatives were divided between chastising the president and defending him. Fox News, "Trump and media clash over border," 25 June 2018 The video comes from body cameras worn by Dunwoody police officers, including one who chastised the worker, Deannah Williams, for hitting the 17-year-old in the face. Joshua Sharpe, ajc, "EMT hits handcuffed teen on video in front of Dunwoody cop, police say," 19 May 2018 In fact, Gattis’s own editor chastised him in a column that ran on the front page of the newspaper. Ross Dellenger,, "Inside the AP's Fateful 2004 Decision to Withdraw Its Poll From the BCS Formula," 12 July 2018 In his ruling, the judge chastised Trump’s administration for rubber-stamping the new rules without considering how many people would lose their health coverage. Bruce Schreiner, The Seattle Times, "Kentucky cuts vision, dental care for up to 460,000 people," 2 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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