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Meaning of CHASTEN

Pronunciation:  'cheysun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  correct by punishment or discipline
  2. [v]  restrain or temper
  3. [v]  censure severely; "She chastised him for his insensitive remarks"

CHASTEN is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: castigate, chastise, correct, moderate, objurgate, subdue, tame, temper
 See Also: alter, bawl out, berate, change, chew out, chew up, chide, dress down, flame, have words, jaw, lambast, lambaste, lecture, rag, rebuke, remonstrate, reprimand, reproof, scold, trounce



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Chas"ten\ (ch[=a]"s'n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Chastened}
(-s'nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Chastening}.] [OE. chastien, OF.
Chastier, F. Ch?tier, fr. L. castigare to punish, chastise;
castus pure + agere to lead, drive. See {Chaste}, {Act}, and
cf. {Castigate}, {Chastise}.]
1. To correct by punishment; to inflict pain upon the purpose
   of reclaiming; to discipline; as, to chasten a son with a

         For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth. --Heb. xii.

2. To purify from errors or faults; to refine.

         They [classics] chasten and enlarge the mind, and
         excite to noble actions.              --Layard.

Syn: To chastise; punish; correct; discipline; castigate;
     afflict; subdue; purify.

Usage: To {Chasten}, {Punish}, {Chastise}. To chasten is to
       subject to affliction or trouble, in order to produce
       a general change for the better in life or character.
       To punish is to inflict penalty for violation of law,
       disobedience to authority, or intentional wrongdoing.
       To chastise is to punish a particular offense, as with
       stripes, especially with the hope that suffering or
       disgrace may prevent a repetition of faults.

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