follow Dictionary.com

Is Tuesday named for a one-handed god?

chasten

[chey-suh n] /ˈtʃeɪ sən/
verb (used with object)
1.
to inflict suffering upon for purposes of moral improvement; chastise.
2.
to restrain; subdue:
Age has chastened his violent temper.
3.
to make chaste in style.
Origin
1520-1530
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
Synonyms
1. discipline, punish. 2. humble. 3. purify, simplify.
Antonyms
1. indulge.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for chasten
  • 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.
  • chasten described the size and location of the property, which is currently undeveloped.
British Dictionary definitions for chasten

chasten

/ˈtʃeɪsən/
verb (transitive)
1.
to bring to a state of submission; subdue; tame
2.
to discipline or correct by punishment
3.
to moderate; restrain; temper
Derived Forms
chastener, noun
chasteningly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Old French chastier, from Latin castigāre; see castigate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for chasten
v.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for chasten

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for chasten

12
13
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with chasten

Nearby words for chasten