- 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.
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)