Chasten Definition

chāsən
chastened, chastening, chastens
verb
chastened, chastening, chastens
To punish in order to correct or make better; chastise.
Webster's New World
To restrain from excess; subdue.
Webster's New World
To rid of excess; refine or purify.
Chasten a careless writing style.
American Heritage
To make purer in style; refine.
Webster's New World
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.
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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.

    From Wiktionary

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