The definition of chasten is to restrain, tame or moderate, or to punish or discipline.
When you hold back someone's bad behavior and keep it from happening, this is an example of when you chasten.
When you discipline someone for wrongdoing, this is an example of when you chasten.
To punish in order to correct or make better; chastise.
To restrain; subdue.
Chasten a proud spirit.
To rid of excess; refine or purify.
Chasten a careless writing style.
To correct by punishment or reproof; take to task.
To restrain from excess; subdue.
To make purer in style; refine.
To punish (in order to bring about improvement in behavior, attitude, etc.); to restrain, moderate.
Origin of chasten
- Alteration of obsolete chaste from Middle English chasten, chastien from Old French chastiier from Latin castigāre castigate
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English chastien, from Old French chastier (“punish”), from Latin castīgāre.