Definition of chastise
chastisementplay \(ˌ)chas-ˈtīz-mənt also ˈchas-təz-\ noun
chastiserplay \(ˌ)chas-ˈtī-zər\ noun
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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.
Origin and Etymology of chastise
Middle English chastisen, alteration of chasten —see chasten
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of chastise
CHASTISE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of chastise for English Language Learners
: to criticize (someone) harshly for doing something wrong
CHASTISE Defined for Kids
Definition of chastise for Students
1 : to punish severely (as by whipping)
2 : to criticize harshly The boy was chastised for his behavior.
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