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 Also unclear was whether all of the leaders would back the U.S. call to chastise China for repressing its Uyghur minority and other abuses. Fox News, 13 June 2021 Before Monica can fully chastise the boss, an alarm goes off and a soldier cries that there’s been a breach in the anomaly. Abraham Riesman, Vulture, 5 Feb. 2021 That has brought the EU into conflict with the U.K. in recent days, which summoned a senior EU official earlier this week, to chastise Brussels for accusing the U.K. of banning vaccine exports. Laurence Norman, WSJ, 11 Mar. 2021 A few days later, Kim, Wu, and the activist Amanda Nguyen appeared on MSNBC, in part to chastise the mainstream media for being slow to cover these attacks. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, 1 Mar. 2021 The remarks, made during a Jan. 25 panel discussion with the Vermont Climate Council, led a group of eight state lawmakers to ask Governor Baker to dismiss Ismay and prompted Baker himself to publicly chastise Ismay last week. Globe Staff,, 11 Feb. 2021 Boerne Champion boys basketball coach Chris Adamek didn’t chastise his players for a 53-42 loss against Warren in their season opener Nov. 13. David Hinojosa, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Feb. 2021 Rankine’s intent is not simply to expose or chastise whiteness. Ismail Muhammad, The Atlantic, 4 Sep. 2020 Their brief goes so far as to chastise the House managers for daring to bring it up before the Senate in any significant detail. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 8 Feb. 2021

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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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24 Jun 2021

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“Chastise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 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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