Definition of chastise in English:

chastise

verb

[with object]
  • 1Rebuke or reprimand severely.

    ‘he chastised his colleagues for their laziness’
    • ‘‘Communities lead with their moral voice, appreciating those who act responsibly, and chastising those who do not,’ Etzioni writes.’
    • ‘They openly berated and chastised any hint of cowardice in their sons.’
    • ‘Reacting to the report of her husband Herod's death, Mariam acknowledges the intricacy of her emotional response and chastises herself for her earlier censure of Julius Caesar, who famously wept at the news of Pompey's demise.’
    • ‘Many report being severely chastised if they spoke to anyone outside the employer's house and of being locked in when the rest of the household was away.’
    • ‘Courtenay feels his mother's desperate need so acutely that he can be unduly harsh, chastising his younger self for the visits he never made or the letters he never wrote back because it became too painful an imposition.’
    • ‘From the beginning, this body and specifically its commissioner have treated the candidates as if they were infants, scolding, chastising and reprimanding them at every step.’
    • ‘He chastised me severely and called me a bad Catholic for even asking the question.’
    • ‘Instead of chastising their son, they just tell me that this is natural for a man of his age.’
    • ‘Paris attempts to downplay his own fighting prowess and Hector chastises him lightly, criticizing him only for avoiding battle, not for lack of ability.’
    • ‘Jenny finally released me and flung herself at Nikolas, gently chastising him for not returning home more often and visiting her.’
    • ‘One of the women started chastising the children in that ridiculous singsong voice that parents use with kids to induce guilt (which seldom works).’
    • ‘Abraham had a penchant for being critical and had no hesitation in publicly chastising his colleagues, regardless of their rank or position.’
    • ‘It seems ironic that some would criticize the military for providing that opportunity when they chastise other departments for failing to.’
    • ‘After promising Nicole to brief her on the next bus, I remained mostly silent and edgy until the end of the bus ride, at one point chastising Nicole for the question.’
    • ‘He said he would not chastise his brother for not returning home to visit the family or contact them.’
    • ‘She chastised me severely, and when we got back to her house, she sat me down and made sure that I watched it, on VHS, from beginning to end.’
    • ‘Society celebrates certain kinds of choice, while chastising and reprimanding others.’
    • ‘But critics from Connecticut and elsewhere chastise his embrace of nuclear power.’
    • ‘For instance, they don't hesitate to chastise a colleague, even if he is a personal friend, for incompetent work.’
    • ‘If it suddenly gets pulled, you'll know I've been chastised.’
    scold, upbraid, berate, reprimand, reprove, rebuke, admonish, chide, censure, castigate, lambaste, lecture, criticize, pull up, take to task, haul over the coals, bring to book
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    1. 1.1dated Punish, especially by beating.
      ‘her mistress chastised her with a whip for blasphemy’
      • ‘We are rightly chastised and will punish ourselves for our failures.’
      • ‘I never smacked him or chastised him or punished him.’
      • ‘He took out his horsewhip and chastised them, and then he fell on his knees and prayed for their souls.’
      • ‘In such a scene, you might expect God to chastise the people for their unbelief - or even to exact punishment on them.’
      • ‘Indeed, the Bible tells the story of a couple being punished after chastising Moses for having an Ethiopian wife.’
      punish, discipline
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Origin

Middle English: apparently formed irregularly from the obsolete verb chaste (see chasten).

Pronunciation

chastise

/tʃaˈstʌɪz/