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chasten (ˈtʃeɪsən Pronunciation for )


transitive verb

  1. to punish in order to correct or make better; chastise
  2. to restrain from excess; subdue
  3. to make purer in style; refine

Derived Forms

ˈchastener noun

Word Origin

ME chastien < OFr chastier < L castigare, to punish, chastise: see castigate

Example Sentences Including 'chasten'

But, looking ahead, there are enough potential pitfalls to chasten even some Bush enthusiasts.
Philadelphia Enquirer (2004)
Yet God does work through sickness to discipline and chasten his children (Prov.
Elwell, Walter (editor) The Concise Evangelical Dictionary of Theology (1991)


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