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chastened (ˈtʃeɪsənd) 



  1. subdued; humbled   ⇒ A chastened Agassi flew home for a period of deep contemplation., The President now seems a more chastened and less confident politician., A chastened Prime Minister analysed Labour's disastrous performance in the European Parliament elections.

chasten (ˈtʃeɪsən Pronunciation for chasten


verb (transitive)

  1. to bring to a state of submission; subdue; tame
  2. to discipline or correct by punishment
  3. to moderate; restrain; temper

Derived Forms

ˈchastener noun
ˈchasteningly adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Old French chastier, from Latin castigāre; see castigate

Example Sentences Including 'chastened'

) The chastened LMDC approached the memorial task with a similar public commitment to accessibility.
Globe and Mail (2003)
After her sojourn at Greenham Common she had returned to London chastened , but at least still certain of that particular cause.
Appiganesi, Lisa Dreams of Innocence
But if Keegan has been chastened by that experience he is hiding it well because there are no half-measures with Manchester City.
Times, Sunday Times (2001)
Garry proceeded (and I think most others, chastened and humbler, would have done it!
India Today (1997)
He sounds a little chastened now, given his position on Iraq.
Globe and Mail (2003)
I said the McLeish affair would prove to be a storm in a teacup," said one chastened reporter.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
I wanted to rebuke him for it, as Chade would have chastened me.
Robin Hobb THE GOLDEN FOOL: Book Two of the Tawny Man (2002)
Manfred was silent, suitably chastened , and by the time they reached the breakwaters at Montauk Harbor he'd been forgiven.
Mark Mills AMAGANSETT (2004)
Turkey's chastened mood contrasted with the cockiness that prevailed in the Armenian camp.
Hiro, Dilip Between Marx and Muhammed


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