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chastise

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1 to criticize (someone) severely or angrily especially for personal failings

  • a cold, distant father who rarely paid attention to his children except to chastise them
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lay into, read the riot act (to), take to task

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2 to inflict a penalty on for a fault or crime

  • the division of opinion regarding the appropriate way to chastise juvenile perpetrators of adult crimes
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Synonym Discussion of 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


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