Chasten \Chas"ten\ (ch[=a]"s'n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Chastened
(-s'nd); p. pr. & vb. n. Chastening.]
[OE. chastien, OF. Chastier, F. Ch?tier, fr. L. castigare to punish, chastise; castus pure + agere to lead, drive. See Chaste, Act, and cf. Castigate, Chastise.]
1. To correct by punishment; to inflict pain upon the purpose of reclaiming; to discipline; as, to chasten a son with a rod. [1913 Webster]
For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth. --Heb. xii. 6. [1913 Webster]
2. To purify from errors or faults; to refine. [1913 Webster]
They [classics] chasten and enlarge the mind, and excite to noble actions. --Layard.
Syn: To chastise; punish; correct; discipline; castigate; afflict; subdue; purify.
Usage: To Chasten, Punish, Chastise. To chasten is to subject to affliction or trouble, in order to produce a general change for the better in life or character. To punish is to inflict penalty for violation of law, disobedience to authority, or intentional wrongdoing. To chastise is to punish a particular offense, as with stripes, especially with the hope that suffering or disgrace may prevent a repetition of faults. [1913 Webster]
1: censure severely; "She chastised him for his insensitive remarks" [syn: chastise, castigate, objurgate, chasten, correct]
2: restrain [syn: chasten, moderate, temper]
3: correct by punishment or discipline [syn: tame, chasten, subdue]
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