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

chastener, noun
chasteningly, adverb
chastenment, noun
unchastened, adjective

1. discipline, punish. 2. humble. 3. purify, simplify.

1. indulge. Unabridged
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chasten (ˈtʃeɪsən)
1.  to bring to a state of submission; subdue; tame
2.  to discipline or correct by punishment
3.  to moderate; restrain; temper
[C16: from Old French chastier, from Latin castigāre; see castigate]

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Word Origin & History

1526, from obsolete chaste (v.), c.1200, from O.Fr. chastier (see chastize).
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Example sentences
We need to place the blame where it belongs, to chasten our policy elites.
Conscience and remembrance of them should chasten those of us who have lived on and reined in idealism.
Waterfalls chasten and refresh, providing an extraordinary combination of moral instruction and physical pleasure.
One sip of any of these scofflaw guzzlers is enough to chasten the purists.
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