Chastisement is the act of scolding or punishing someone. If you talk back to your stern teacher, you won't be surprised by the chastisement that follows.

The noun chastisement usually means a verbal reprimand, like the chastisement a basketball coach might give his team after a terrible loss. It can also describe physical punishment, or a beating — when it's used in the Bible, that's almost always what it means. The Latin root of chastise is castigare, which means "to set or keep right," or "to make pure."

Definitions of chastisement

n a rebuke for making a mistake

chastening, correction
Type of:
rebuke, reprehension, reprimand, reproof, reproval
an act or expression of criticism and censure

n verbal punishment

Type of:
penalisation, penalization, penalty, punishment
the act of punishing

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