transitive verb (chastened; chastening) Etymology: alteration of obsolete English chaste to chasten, from Middle English, from Anglo-French chastier, from Latin castigare, from castus + -igare (from agere to drive) — more at act Date: 13th century 1. to correct by punishment or suffering ; discipline; also purify 2. a. to prune (as a work or style of art) of excess, pretense, or falsity ; refine b. to cause to be more humble or restrained ; subdue Synonyms: see punishchastener noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • chasten — index assuage, castigate, discipline (punish), moderate (temper), punish Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • chasten — (v.) 1520s, from obsolete verb chaste to correct (someone s) behavior (M.E. chastien, c.1200), from O.Fr. chastiier to punish (see CHASTIZE (Cf. chastize)) …   Etymology dictionary

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  • chasten — [v] correct, humiliate abase, admonish, afflict, berate, call down, castigate, chastise, chide, cow, curb, discipline, exprobate, fulminate against, have on the carpet*, humble, objurgate, penalize, punish, rake over the coals*, rebuke, reprehend …   New thesaurus

  • chasten — ► VERB ▪ (of a reproof or misfortune) have a restraining or demoralizing effect on. ORIGIN Old French chastier, from Latin castigare castigate …   English terms dictionary

  • chasten — [chās′ən] vt. [ME chastien < OFr chastier < L castigare, to punish, chastise: see CASTIGATE] 1. to punish in order to correct or make better; chastise 2. to restrain from excess; subdue 3. to make purer in style; refine SYN. PUNISH… …   English World dictionary

  • chasten — UK [ˈtʃeɪs(ə)n] / US verb [transitive, usually passive] Word forms chasten : present tense I/you/we/they chasten he/she/it chastens present participle chastening past tense chastened past participle chastened formal to make someone feel ashamed… …   English dictionary

  • chasten — chas|ten [ˈtʃeısən] v [T usually passive] formal [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: chaste to chasten (12 17 centuries), from Old French chastier, from Latin castigare; CASTIGATE] to make someone realize that their behaviour was wrong or mistaken ▪ Party… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • chasten — /ˈtʃeɪsən / (say chaysuhn) verb (t) 1. to inflict suffering upon for purposes of moral improvement; chastise. 2. to restrain; subdue. 3. to make chaste in style. {obsolete chaste (verb) chasten (from Old French chastier, from Latin castigāre) +… …   Australian English dictionary

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