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.
Recent Examples on the Web The vast majority of citizens chastised Gibbs and supported censuring her. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Royal Oak commissioners censure member who flouted COVID rules at anti-Whitmer rally," 28 Apr. 2020 His mother came by to chastise him, and the police arrived to shut it all down. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "The Latest Indulgence in Hip-Hop Videos? Coronavirus Protection," 28 Apr. 2020 Animated, fiery and controversial, Indiana University's Bob Knight would chastise reporters and burst out profanities at boys barely out of high school — that was the real life coach in the red sweater. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Brian Dennehy portrayal of IU basketball coach Bob Knight 'weirdest situation' in acting career," 16 Apr. 2020 With the globe now in the thick of a health and economic crisis, public health experts unanimously stood with WHO, chastising Trump’s attacks and funding halt. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "WHO answers Trump’s attack with call for unity against COVID-19," 15 Apr. 2020 The wild pigs have been seen chasing teenagers in Atascocita, on ranches and farms in Liberty County and chastising home owners in The Woodlands. Savannah Mehrtens, Houston Chronicle, "As population grows, feral hogs start to make traction in Lake Houston area," 26 Feb. 2020 Take the evolution of Madeline Levine, the Bay Area psychologist whose 2006 best seller, The Price of Privilege, (reasonably) chastised parents for imposing their own ambitions on their children. Kate Julian, The Atlantic, "The Anxious Child," 14 Apr. 2020 These creators and producers are in no mood to gloat or to chastise viewers for failing to heed their admonitions. Dave Itzkoff, New York Times, "They Create Nightmare Worlds for TV. Now They’re Living in One.," 29 Mar. 2020 The editor chastised by Heilman hasn’t returned to the article and instead is improving articles about sound-recording equipment. Noam Cohen, Wired, "How Wikipedia Prevents the Spread of Coronavirus Misinformation," 15 Mar. 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 31 May. 2020.

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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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