chasten

To chasten someone is to correct him or her, often with the use of some pretty steep punishment. Chasten can also mean "to restrain." Either of these actions may be necessary when someone isn't behaving like they're supposed to.

The verb chasten is often used with the verb "to be" as in "be chastened." If students are caught writing graffiti on the bathroom wall, you can expect them to be chastened by both the school and their parents. Chasten is related to the word chastise, meaning "to punish severely." Both words can be traced back to the Latin root castus, meaning "morally pure." So keep yourself on the straight and narrow when it comes to morality and you can avoid being chastened.

Definitions of chasten
  1. verb
    censure severely
    synonyms: castigate, chastise, correct, objurgate
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    types:
    flame
    criticize harshly, usually via an electronic medium
    type of:
    bawl out, berate, call down, call on the carpet, chew out, chew up, chide, dress down, have words, jaw, lambast, lambaste, lecture, rag, rebuke, remonstrate, reprimand, reproof, scold, take to task, trounce, vituperate
    censure severely or angrily
  2. verb
    correct by punishment or discipline
    synonyms: subdue, tame
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    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  3. verb
    restrain
    synonyms: moderate, temper
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    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
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