Definition of chastise in English:

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Pronunciation: /tʃaˈstʌɪz/


[with object]
1Rebuke or reprimand severely: he chastised his colleagues for their laziness
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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
informal tell off, give someone a telling-off, dress down, give someone a dressing-down, bawl out, blow up at, give someone an earful, give someone a caning, give someone a roasting, give someone a rocket, give someone a rollicking, come down on someone like a ton of bricks, have someone's guts for garters, slap someone's wrist, rap over the knuckles, give someone a piece of one's mind, throw the book at, read someone the Riot Act, let someone have it, give someone hell
British informal carpet, monster, tear someone off a strip, tick off, have a go at, give someone a mouthful, give someone what for, give someone some stick, give someone a wigging
North American informal chew out, ream out
British vulgar slang bollock, give someone a bollocking
dated trim, rate, give someone a rating
archaic chasten, recompense, visit
rare reprehend, objurgate
1.1 dated Punish, especially by beating: her mistress chastised her with a whip for blasphemy
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  • Indeed, the Bible tells the story of a couple being punished after chastising Moses for having an Ethiopian wife.
  • I never smacked him or chastised him or punished him.
  • We are rightly chastised and will punish ourselves for our failures.
punish, discipline;
beat, thrash, flog, whip, horsewhip, strap, belt, cane, lash, birch, scourge, flay, flagellate
informal wallop, thump, clout, tan, tan someone's hide, beat the living daylights out of someone, give someone a good hiding



Pronunciation: /tʃaˈstʌɪzmənt/
Pronunciation: /ˈtʃastɪzmənt/
Example sentences
  • However, sadly, there are too many people for whom physical chastisement or emotional abuse is the normal pattern of behaviour, irrespective of whether they are natural born parents or a de facto partner of a parent.
  • So the people putting together the maps and the statistics deserve support, not blame or chastisement.
  • One woman demonstrably took his side when it was obvious that our glances and verbalizations were chastisements.


Pronunciation: /tʃaˈstʌɪzə/
Example sentences
  • There will be no money to pay the monitors, record-keepers, chastisers - there will be no one to answer to, except on paper.
  • Dr. Ernst Fehr of the University of Zurich and colleagues recently presented findings on the importance of punishment in maintaining cooperative behavior among humans and the willingness of people to punish those who commit crimes or violate norms, even when the chastisers take risks and gain nothing themselves while serving as ad hoc police.
  • Specific verses are cited to illustrate the various roles of angels, including but not limited to: protectors, warriors, chastisers, encouragers, predictors of the future and instructors, always fulfilling the word of God.


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

Words that rhyme with chastise

advise, apprise, apprize, arise, assize, capsize, comprise, demise, despise, devise, downsize, excise, flies, guise, incise, low-rise, misprize, outsize, previse, prise, prize, remise, revise, rise, size, surmise, surprise, uprise, wise

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