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

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Other Words from chastise

chastisement \ (ˌ)cha-​ˈstīz-​mənt How to pronounce chastisement (audio) also  ˈchas-​təz-​ \ noun
chastiser \ (ˌ)cha-​ˈstī-​zər How to pronounce chastiser (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

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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He's distanced himself from Trump's policies on immigrants and the border wall and as a former CIA undercover officer has chastised the president for refusing to acknowledge Russia's meddling in the 2016 election. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Kenny Marchant becomes fourth Texas congressman to retire as GOP exodus grows," 5 Aug. 2019 Castro, who worked with Biden in the Obama administration chastised the former vice president who said immigration should be a civil violation. Fortune, "Biden and Harris Fend Off Attacks in Testy Second Democratic Debate," 1 Aug. 2019 In throwing out this latest suit, the Fourth Circuit chastised the plaintiffs for wasting the court’s time with a plainly meritless case. Giancarlo Canaparo, National Review, "Trump Wins Big in Emoluments Lawsuits: Two Down and One to Go," 16 July 2019 Harris, too, has chastised Biden’s role in the 1994 bill. Thomas Beaumont,, "Joe Biden unveils criminal justice plan that reverses key provisions of 1994 crime bill he helped write," 23 July 2019 Our home was located off Hampden and Yosemite, and when people would chastise me for remaining in an area that required busing, my response was always positive about the education my children were receiving. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Spotlight on the Will-power of Michael Bennet (7/21/19)," 21 July 2019 After chastising him for not remembering it, Suzie recites Planck's constant as 6.62607004 (without the units that come after it). Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Scientists noticed an error in the new season of 'Stranger Things'," 11 July 2019 The president's critics have chastised him for bringing costly military equipment reminiscent of more dictatorial regimes and for placing himself center stage in the typically nonpartisan celebration. Emily Tillett, CBS News, "How to watch the 4th of July "Salute to America"," 4 July 2019 Congressional Republicans were largely silent on Sunday after his initial tweets - with some fearful of chastising a president popular with the GOP base - though some began speaking out critically on Monday., "Trump steps up attack on minority congresswomen, saying they ‘hate our country’," 15 July 2019

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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

formal : 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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