Chastise Chas*tise" (ch[a^]s*t[imac]z"; ch[a^]s"t[imac]z), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Chastised} (ch[a^]s*t[imac]zd"); p. pr. & vb. n. {Chastising}.] [OE. chastisen; chastien + ending -isen + modern -ise, -ize, L. -izare, Gr. -i`zein. See {Chasten}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

How fine my master is! I am afraid He will chastise me. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

I am glad to see the vanity or envy of the canting chemists thus discovered and chastised. --Boyle. [1913 Webster]

2. To reduce to order or obedience; to correct or purify; to free from faults or excesses. [1913 Webster]

The gay, social sense, by decency chastised. --Thomson.

3. To criticize (a person) strongly and directly in order to correct behavior.

Syn: castigate, objurgate, chasten, correct, dress down. [PJC]

Syn: See {Chasten}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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