Definition of chasten in English:



  • 1 (of a reproof or misfortune) have a restraining or moderating effect on:

    ‘the director was somewhat chastened by his recent flops’
    ‘a chastening experience’
    • ‘Slightly chastened by the experience, Ganesh finds himself saddled with an old, sick couple looking for a hospital, who have been abandoned by fellow villagers.’
    • ‘We all left somewhat chastened by the moving experience and the realization of how fortunate we have been.’
    • ‘Is he in any way chastened by this experience do you think?’
    • ‘Perhaps chastened by the experience, and certainly restricted by a hung council, Labour have subsequently become more conciliatory.’
    • ‘After the blackout of August 14, 2003, all of us in Ontario seemed suitably chastened in our attitudes towards electricity usage.’
    • ‘Segal is suitably chastened after last week's events.’
    • ‘Have the media been chastened in any way by that experience?’
    • ‘In this way the ships captain kept a tight rein on his men and when the ship set sail it was with a suitably chastened crew, or so the Captain thought.’
    • ‘Officials, instead of being chastened, were indignant.’
    • ‘The French president was chastened by the recent defeat of his European constitution referendum initiative.’
    • ‘The entire experience was frightening and chastening for the bourgeoisie.’
    • ‘The most chastening passage in the book concerns a woman called Lisl Auman.’
    • ‘No doubt the school will feel suitably chastened by her absence.’
    • ‘I walk from the pitch as humiliated as I am chastened.’
    • ‘But he'll probably be well chastened, I suppose.’
    • ‘It's an attitude that put him behind bars for a short period, not apparently an experience that chastened him.’
    • ‘Suitably chastened, may I humbly entreat him to, unambiguously and without obfuscation, answer a few pertinent questions?’
    • ‘The wisdom traditionally associated with age has to do with our limitations, with being chastened by experience.’
    • ‘First, I'm constantly impressed by the email I receive, and I'm chastened to be reminded of the things I forget to think about.’
    • ‘But, while chastened by the experience, he also draws strength from it.’
    subdue, humble, cow, squash, deflate, flatten, bring down, bring low, take down a peg or two, humiliate, mortify
    restrain, tame, curb, check
    cut down to size, put down, put someone in their place, settle someone's hash
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1archaic (especially of God) discipline; punish.
      • ‘With the loss of so many illusions at once I cannot remember when I have felt so vulnerable or chastened, but neither can I remember when I have felt so alive.’
      • ‘A number of times in Scripture when addressing the Jews, God chastened them for not obeying His Word.’
      • ‘God Himself is said to use this method: those whom He loves, He chastens, even perhaps with the prospect of death.’
      penalize, discipline, mete out punishment to, bring someone to book, teach someone a lesson, make an example of
      View synonyms


Early 16th century: from an obsolete verb chaste, from Old French chastier, from Latin castigare castigate, from castus morally pure, chaste.