An example of chastise is when you publicly shout at your assistant in front of everyone for making an error.
- to punish, esp. by beating
- to scold or condemn sharply
- Archaic to chasten
Origin of chastiseMiddle English chastisen ; from extended stem of Old French chastier: see chasten
transitive verbchas·tised, chas·tis·ing, chas·tis·es
- To punish, as for wrongdoing. See Synonyms at punish.
- To criticize severely; reprimand or rebuke.
- Archaic To purify.
Origin of chastiseMiddle English chastisen, alteration of chasten, chastien; see chasten.
(third-person singular simple present chastises, present participle chastising, simple past and past participle chastised)
Old French chastier, from Latin castigo