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[chas-tahyz, chas-tahyz] /tʃæsˈtaɪz, ˈtʃæs taɪz/
verb (used with object), chastised, chastising.
to discipline, especially by corporal punishment.
to criticize severely.
Archaic. to restrain; chasten.
Archaic. to refine; purify.
Origin of chastise
1275-1325; Middle English chastisen, equivalent to chasti(en) to chasten + -s- < ? + -en infinitive suffix
Related forms
chastisable, adjective
[chas-tiz-muh nt, chas-tahyz-] /ˈtʃæs tɪz mənt, tʃæsˈtaɪz-/ (Show IPA),
chastiser, noun
nonchastisement, noun
self-chastise, verb (used with object), self-chastised, self-chastising.
self-chastisement, noun
unchastisable, adjective
unchastised, adjective
unchastising, adjective
1. punish, castigate; whip, beat, flog, spank. Unabridged
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  • The children never require to be chastised and are very obedient.

    Policing the Plains R.G. MacBeth
  • Perhaps there was sometimes too much blood in their eye when they chastised you.

    The Wedding Ring T. De Witt Talmage
  • In the midst of wealth and honors, Artaban, who had chastised the African tyrant, complained of the ingratitude of courts.

  • In addressing the czar, they said, "Order me not to be chastised; order me to speak a word!"

    The Story of Russia R. Van Bergen, M.A.
  • I have chastised him, as he deserves, and thrown his whip overboard.

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
British Dictionary definitions for chastised


verb (transitive)
to discipline or punish, esp by beating
to scold severely
Derived Forms
chastisable, adjective
chastisement (ˈtʃæstɪzmənt; tʃæsˈtaɪz-) noun
chastiser, noun
Word Origin
C14 chastisen, irregularly from chastien to chasten
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Word Origin and History for chastised



c.1300, chastisen, from Old French chastiier "to warn, advise, instruct; chastise, admonish; punish; dominate, tame" (12c., Modern French châtier), from Latin castigare "to set or keep right, to reprove, chasten, to punish," literally "to make pure" (see castigate). Or perhaps from Middle English chastien (see chasten) + -ise, though this would be early for such a native formation. The form of the modern word "is not easily accounted for" [OED]. Related: Chastised; chastising.

He alone may chastise who loves. [Rabindranath Tagore, "The Crescent Moon," 1913]

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