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 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

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 The university didn’t chastise Xu for promoting violence. Los Angeles Times, "An Australian student denounced his university’s ties to China. Then he became a target," 21 Dec. 2020 President-elect Joe Biden is expected to chastise the Trump administration for its slow rollout of the vaccine in a speech late Tuesday afternoon, Axios first reported. Nicholas Florko, STAT, "Public health experts grow frustrated with pace of Covid-19 vaccine rollout," 29 Dec. 2020 There's a bit of moralizing, meant to rightfully chastise those who seek to solve crimes for public accolades. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Citizen Detective offers a heartening clue for the future of virtual theater: Review," 23 Nov. 2020 At the same time, Russian outlets tended to chastise Trump’s unwillingness to avoid large gatherings, practice social distancing or wear a mask, all of which violated his administration’s basic health guidelines. Robert Hinck, The Conversation, "Russian media may be joining China and Iran in turning on Trump," 20 Oct. 2020 Yes, fans are still going to great lengths to publicly chastise the Houston Astros for their cheating scheme, revealed last winter. James Wagner, New York Times, "A Man, a Megaphone and a Mission to Shame the Astros," 15 Oct. 2020 Nowadays, the most common instance is the person who wants to chastise a stranger for not wearing a mask, but whose presence is exactly what must be avoided. Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Correcting behavior without wasting your time," 5 Oct. 2020 Biden's running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, made an appearance at one point to chastise the men. NBC News, "Trump's bout with Covid-19, Biden's national lead jumps to 14 points and the Nobel Prize for Medicine," 5 Oct. 2020 Rather than calling for charges against the officers who killed her, the Democrats appeared a little too eager to chastise the activists. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, "Despite a National Outcry, Activists in Louisville Fight the Breonna Taylor Decision Alone," 29 Sep. 2020

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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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“Chastise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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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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