Chas·ten v. t. [imp. & p. p. Chastened p. pr. & vb. n. Chastening.]
1. To correct by punishment; to inflict pain upon the purpose of reclaiming; to discipline; as, to chasten a son with a rod.
For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth. --Heb. xii. 6.
2. To purify from errors or faults; to refine.
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.
v 1: censure severely; "She chastised him for his insensitive
remarks" [syn: chastise, castigate, objurgate, correct]
2: restrain or temper [syn: moderate, temper]
3: correct by punishment or discipline [syn: tame, subdue]