One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Rebuke or reprimand severely.‘he chastised his colleagues for their laziness’
scold, upbraid, berate, reprimand, reprove, rebuke, admonish, chide, censure, castigate, lambaste, lecture, criticize, pull up, take to task, haul over the coals, bring to bookView synonyms
- ‘If it suddenly gets pulled, you'll know I've been chastised.’
- ‘Abraham had a penchant for being critical and had no hesitation in publicly chastising his colleagues, regardless of their rank or position.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘They openly berated and chastised any hint of cowardice in their sons.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It seems ironic that some would criticize the military for providing that opportunity when they chastise other departments for failing to.’
- ‘Society celebrates certain kinds of choice, while chastising and reprimanding others.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He said he would not chastise his brother for not returning home to visit the family or contact them.’
- ‘Paris attempts to downplay his own fighting prowess and Hector chastises him lightly, criticizing him only for avoiding battle, not for lack of ability.’
- ‘But critics from Connecticut and elsewhere chastise his embrace of nuclear power.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Instead of chastising their son, they just tell me that this is natural for a man of his age.’
- ‘One of the women started chastising the children in that ridiculous singsong voice that parents use with kids to induce guilt (which seldom works).’
- ‘He chastised me severely and called me a bad Catholic for even asking the question.’
- ‘For instance, they don't hesitate to chastise a colleague, even if he is a personal friend, for incompetent work.’
- ‘Jenny finally released me and flung herself at Nikolas, gently chastising him for not returning home more often and visiting her.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘‘Communities lead with their moral voice, appreciating those who act responsibly, and chastising those who do not,’ Etzioni writes.’
- 1.1dated Punish, especially by beating.
punish, disciplineView synonyms
- ‘In such a scene, you might expect God to chastise the people for their unbelief - or even to exact punishment on them.’
- ‘We are rightly chastised and will punish ourselves for our failures.’
- ‘He took out his horsewhip and chastised them, and then he fell on his knees and prayed for their souls.’
- ‘I never smacked him or chastised him or punished him.’
- ‘Indeed, the Bible tells the story of a couple being punished after chastising Moses for having an Ethiopian wife.’
Middle English: apparently formed irregularly from the obsolete verb chaste (see chasten).
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