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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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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Her mom chastised her, in a text, telling her to call now. Keith Bierygolick,, "'You're scaring me,' Brooke Skylar Richardson tells mom in text after pregnancy revealed," 9 Sep. 2019 In the wake of Jones’ victory last July, Gibbs even chastised longtime driver Denny Hamlin after a 38th-place finish amid what would be his first winless season. Edgar Thompson,, "Erik Jones looks to defend Coke Zero Sugar 400 win, ignite frustrating season," 5 July 2019 Cue some pretty hilarious adventures, which include Noelle lounging in a freezer due to an unfamiliarity with heat and chastising a Salvation Army Santa for wearing shorts. Alexis Reliford,, "Anna Kendrick Is Coming For A Christmas Prince's Holiday Movie Crown," 24 Aug. 2019 Now a professor at Tel Aviv University, Greenberg refuses to excavate across the Green Line and publicly chastises any archaeologist who agrees to work at sites run by Elad. Rachel Poser, Harper's magazine, "Common Ground," 19 Aug. 2019 Bevin is known for criticizing state legislators in public, and a few have been chastised in personal late-night phone calls for certain votes or comments, multiple sources have told me. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "On Politics: Gov. Matt Bevin's special session made peace with House GOP," 1 Aug. 2019 Abigail Disney made waves this week by publicly chastising Disney CEO Bob Iger for not doing more to narrow the wage gap between his $66 million paycheck and that of the average Disney worker. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, "Abigail Disney isn't the only wealthy heir to speak out about income inequality," 18 July 2019 Evers' move comes two days after Fitzgerald chastised Wisconsin Association of School Boards lobbyist Dan Rossmiller on Twitter for urging the governor to use his veto pen to increase the per-pupil aid by about $17.5 million over the biennium. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Modest at best': Public school advocates praise Evers' moves to add $65 million but say budget falls short," 3 July 2019 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

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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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to make a temporary encampment

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