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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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  • I took my punishment meekly and in silence, and am now confined to my cell, fasting and chastising myself.

    The Monk and The Hangman's Daughter Adolphe Danziger De Castro and Ambrose Bierce
  • The stage alone can do this with impunity, chastising us as the anonymous fool.

    The Aesthetical Essays Friedrich Schiller
  • To the elder shall be assigned the duty of ruling and chastising the younger.

    The Republic Plato
  • If all are going to be saved, what is the use of chastising oneself?

    The Son of a Servant August Strindberg
  • The priest being a little startled, Daniel begged him not to be alarmed; he was only chastising a rascal to teach him his duty.

    The English in the West Indies James Anthony Froude
British Dictionary definitions for chastising


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 chastising



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]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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