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chasten

[ chey-suhn ]SEE DEFINITION OF chasten

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CHASTEN

As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

To chasten this apparent chaos is a problem which man has set before him.

But Mrs. Anthony Robeson will have to chasten her ideas a trifle.

She will chasten the exuberant ardour of the Provençal warrior.

This business is going to chasten your soul, and make you mend your ways.

He might help to chasten the sentences laughed at by those newspapers.

Why was not this Thing ever present, to chasten and sober me?

With some it may seem severe that God should chasten and scourge His children.

He does not chasten this class; in Hell they will receive their punishment, but it will be just.

The rod had been used to chasten, and he had bit the chastening fingers.

WORD ORIGIN

1520s, with -en (1) + the word it replaced, obsolete verb chaste "to correct (someone's) behavior" (Middle English chastien, c.1200), from Old French chastiier "to punish" (see chastise). Related: Chastened; chastening.

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