Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To punish, as by beating. See Synonyms at punish.
  • transitive v. To criticize severely; rebuke.
  • transitive v. Archaic To purify.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To punish or scold someone.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To inflict pain upon, by means of stripes, or in any other manner, for the purpose of punishment or reformation; to punish, as with stripes.
  • transitive v. To reduce to order or obedience; to correct or purify; to free from faults or excesses.
  • transitive v. To criticize (a person) strongly and directly in order to correct behavior.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To inflict pain upon by stripes, blows, or otherwise, for the purpose of punishing and recalling to duty; punish for the purpose of amending; correct or reclaim by punishment.
  • To discipline; instruct; correct the errors or faults of.
  • To reduce to submission; tame.
  • To restrain or refine by discipline; free from faults or excesses.
  • Synonyms Punish, Chasten, Chastise. To punish is primarily and chiefly to inflict pain upon, as a retribution for misdeeds, the notion of improving the offender being absent or quite subordinate. Chasten, on the other hand, implies that the reformation of the offender is the aim of the punishment inflicted. The word is not now often used of human acts; it is a biblical word for the providential discipline of man: as, “Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth” (Heb. xii. 6); and such expressions as “the chastening influence of sorrow” are in use. Chastise is a dignified word for corporal punishment, combining in nearly equal degrees the notions of desert and correction.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. censure severely

Etymologies

Middle English chastisen, alteration of chasten, chastien; see chasten.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French chastier, from Latin castigo (Wiktionary)

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  • Regardless, she did not mean to chastise me for it. book is Blood Promise by Richelle Mean on page 485.

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