- To chastise is to scold someone severely for bad behavior or even to punish someone by beating the person.
An example of chastise is when you publicly shout at your assistant in front of everyone for making an error.
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transitive verb chas·tised, chas·tis·ing, chas·tis·es
- To punish, as by beating. See Synonyms at punish.
- To criticize severely; rebuke.
- Archaic To purify.
Origin: Middle English chastisen, alteration of chasten, chastien; see chasten.
- chas·tisˈa·ble adjective
- chas·tiseˈment noun
- chas·tisˈer noun