[tʃ_ˈeɪ_s_t_ə_n], [t͡ʃˈe͡ɪstən], [t‍ʃˈe‍ɪstən]

Definitions of chasten:

  1.   restrain or temper
  2.   To punish in order to make better; subdue.
  3.   To purify from errors or faults; to refine.
  4.   To chastise.
  5.   To correct; to punish for the purpose of reclaiming an offender; to afflict in any way; to purify.
  6.   correct by punishment or discipline
  7.   censure severely; " She chastised him for his insensitive remarks"
  8.   To free from faults by punishing: hence, to punish: to correct.
  9.   To punish; correct.
  10.   To afflict or punish, in order to correct and purify, or make chaste; to purify.
  11.   To discipline by pain or trial; moderate; soften; purify.
  12.   To correct by punishment; to inflict pain upon the purpose of reclaiming; to discipline; as, to chasten a son with a rod.

Antonyms for chasten:

acquit, overlook, hail, deconsecrate, advance, excuse, celebrate, absolve, highlight, upgrade, get off, honor, cite, idealize, promote, spare, remit, boost, cheer, extol, acclaim, ensky, laud, pardon, romanticize, deify, lift, reprieve, canonize, exonerate, play up, elevate, enthrone, uplift, decorate, magnify, forfeit, acknowledge, pass by, applaud, eulogize, ennoble, desacralize, desanctify, release, tout, condone, compliment, dignify, praise, spotlight, exalt, congratulate, fete, vindicate, enshrine, pass over, glorify, ransom, aggrandize, commute, exculpate, boast, commend, raise, salute, recognize.

Usage examples for chasten:

  1. 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
  2. “ For this reason he followed the Duke, and tried, if possible, to correct, or at least chasten the impressions he had of possessing a glaring advantage over the nobleman. ” – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  3. The hour of nine is come; Keep pure each heart and chasten every home. ” – Stage-coach and Tavern Days by Alice Morse Earle
  4. 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
  5. “ O Lord, rebuke me not in Thy wrath, neither chasten me in Thy sore displeasure. ” – Tip Lewis and His Lamp by Pansy
  6. 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
  7. Castigate and chastise refer strictly to corporal punishment, tho both are somewhat archaic; correct and punish are often used as euphemisms in preference to either. Punish is distinctly retributive in sense; chastise, partly retributive, and partly corrective; chasten wholly corrective. Chasten is used exclusively in the spiritual sense, and chiefly of the visitation of God. ” –  by
  8. Son, I chasten thee; but to what end? ” – Four Arthurian Romances "Erec et Enide", "Cliges", "Yvain", and "Lancelot" by Chretien DeTroyes
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. She needs a husband to rule and chasten her. ” – Janice Meredith by Paul Leicester Ford
  12. The legions of Artemis are all female, though on earth men as well as women worship her; the legions of Pan are all male, though on earth he can chasten women as well as men. ” – Lore of Proserpine by Maurice Hewlett
  13. And it is still through the elements that the Almighty speaks to man, to warn, to terrify, to chasten to raise him up to wonder, to praise, and adore. ” – Diary in America, Series One by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
  14. 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
  15. My lord had the right to chasten me. ” – Helmet of Navarre by Bertha Runkle
  16. God has put us here to punish and chasten us for Adam's sin; and 't is not for us, who sinned in him, to question His infinite wisdom. ” – Janice Meredith by Paul Leicester Ford
  17. “ Cassandre, to chasten his content, Greets with a tear of sentiment His nephew disinherited. ” – Silhouettes by Arthur Symons
  18. 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
  19. It is certainly high time that Socialists should begin to take lessons from experience; and for this purpose, that they should chasten their confidence in flattering theories, and turn their attention to actual events. ” – History of American Socialisms by John Humphrey Noyes

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