[tʃ_ˈeɪ_s_t_ə_n], [t͡ʃˈe͡ɪstən], [t‍ʃˈe‍ɪstən]

Definitions of chasten:

  1.   To free from faults by punishing: hence, to punish: to correct. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  2.   To punish; correct. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  3.   To chastise. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4.   To correct; to punish for the purpose of reclaiming an offender; to afflict in any way; to purify. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  5.   To afflict or punish, in order to correct and purify, or make chaste; to purify. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  6.   To punish in order to make better; subdue. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

Usage examples for chasten:

  1. And are they not aware that he will chasten them with swords instead of rods? ” – Master Olof A Drama in Five Acts by August Strindberg
  2. She needs a husband to rule and chasten her. ” – Janice Meredith by Paul Leicester Ford
  3. My lord had the right to chasten me. ” – Helmet of Navarre by Bertha Runkle
  4. Why was not this Thing ever present, to chasten and sober me? ” – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  5. Greater experience, and a more cultivated state of society, abate the warmth of imagination, and chasten the manner of expression. ” – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  6. Son, I chasten thee; but to what end? ” – Four Arthurian Romances "Erec et Enide", "Cliges", "Yvain", and "Lancelot" by Chretien DeTroyes
  7. The flesh had become so insolent in this Roman world that Christian discipline was needed to chasten it. ” – The Prose Writings of Heinrich Heine by Heinrich Heine
  8. In no instance did I find any better estimation of him in business circles; for his religion did not chasten the ardor of his selfish love of advantage in trade; nor make him more generous, nor more inclined to help or befriend the weak and the needy. ” – All's for the Best by T. S. Arthur
  9. There are tender, gentle souls, I know well, who seem only to grow the purer and better for having the desire of their eyes granted to them; but there are others whom, for their own good, the Father of all sees needful to chasten to the end. ” – Jan of the Windmill by Juliana Horatia Ewing
  10. You see how urgent it is that each should guard his lips, chasten his pen, and aspire to simplicity of speech. ” – The Simple Life by Charles Wagner

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