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[chey-suh n] /ˈtʃeɪ sən/
verb (used with object)
to inflict suffering upon for purposes of moral improvement; chastise.
to restrain; subdue:
Age has chastened his violent temper.
to make chaste in style.
1520-30; chaste + -en1; replacing chaste (v.), Middle English chastien < Old French chastier < Latin castigāre; see castigate
Related forms
chastener, noun
chasteningly, adverb
chastenment, noun
unchastened, adjective
1. discipline, punish. 2. humble. 3. purify, simplify.
1. indulge. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for chastened
  • Outwardly confident they may be, but those attending have been chastened by the experiences of the past two years.
  • Duly chastened, his headmaster produced a tablecloth instead.
  • They might have been chastened briefly by the excesses of the dotcom boom, but they are once again on the prowl.
  • chastened hedge funds may mean quieter trading and weaker revenues for the exchanges.
  • By those standards, they should be chastened by the budget gap and the high unemployment rate.
  • Companies, strapped for cash and chastened by recession, will focus more on execution.
  • chastened regulators now talk about a presumption of guilt, not innocence, when prices look frothy.
  • Partly chastened, both business and government have embarked on reform.
  • Nor will today's chastened investors be prudent for long.
  • Others with political ties made persuasive cases that they had led chastened lives and earned a second chance.
British Dictionary definitions for chastened


verb (transitive)
to bring to a state of submission; subdue; tame
to discipline or correct by punishment
to moderate; restrain; temper
Derived Forms
chastener, noun
chasteningly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Old French chastier, from Latin castigāre; see castigate
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Word Origin and History for chastened



1520s, with -en (1) + the word it replaced, obsolete verb chaste "to correct (someone's) behavior" (Middle English chastien, c.1200), from Old French chastiier "to punish" (see chastise). Related: Chastened; chastening.

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