chas·​tise | \ (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

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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

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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 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 And that’s when the broadcasters continued to chastise the officials. Michelle R. Martinelli, USA TODAY, 18 Nov. 2021 Fact-checkers tend to defend the status-quo bailout-and-lockdown in narrative-affirmations that chastise critics of progressive policies rather than question conditions that foster reflexive flash policy in the first place. Clyde Wayne Crews Jr., Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 Multiple times, board members had to chastise audience members loudly interjecting through the meeting. Lily Altavena, Detroit Free Press, 20 Aug. 2021 Deters went on to chastise the school district for firing their football coach Armand Tatum and canceling the football season, calling it an overreaction. Briana Rice, The Enquirer, 15 Sep. 2021 The September 2018 shooting happened after the brothers left the bar on West Grand Avenue near South Broadway, got into a car and sped off, prompting a bar patron to chastise them for speeding, according to Escondido police. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 July 2021 If the right account retweets something, calling it out on harmful language or another bone of contention, an army of Twitter users will join in to chastise the original poster. Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2021

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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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19 Jan 2022

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“Chastise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of chastise

: to criticize (someone) harshly for doing something wrong


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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