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Definition of "chasten" []

  • To correct by punishment or reproof; take to task. (verb-transitive)
  • To restrain; subdue: chasten a proud spirit. (verb-transitive)
  • To rid of excess; refine or purify: chasten a careless writing style. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "chasten" in a sentence
  • "This is a classic example of deliberate capital flight and capital destruction, a tactic used by monopolistic finance capital frequently to "chasten" any government that appears to be intruding into the sacred practices of "free market" capitalism."
  • "For all her whining that it's actually her that has been wronged, for all Fox News' post-speech takeaway that the president's speech absolved them from any culpability in the dangerous turn in public political discourse, I can't help but hope that the deaths in Tucson will chasten them, just a little."
  • "There's more but that should be enough to duly chasten those of us treating the Scottish bard with unwarranted southern Californian familiarity."