- 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.]
- To purify from errors or faults; to refine."They [classics chasten and enlarge the mind, and excite to noble actions." [Layard.]synonyms: 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.
Etymology: 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