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Chasten meaning

chasten - 4 dictionary results

  1. 1. To correct by punishment; to inflict pain upon the purpose of reclaiming; to discipline; as, to chasten a son with a rod.
  2. 2. To purify from errors or faults; to refine.
  3. 3. To punish in order to make better; subdue.
  4. 4. To punish; correct.

chasten - examples of usage

  1. Castigate and chastise refer strictly to corporal punishment, tho both are somewhat archaic; correct and punish are often used as euphemisms in preference to either. Punish is distinctly retributive in sense; chastise, partly retributive, and partly corrective; chasten, wholly corrective. Chasten is used exclusively in the spiritual sense, and chiefly of the visitation of God.
  2. Her sons love her, but they chasten her. - "America To-day, Observations and Reflections", William Archer.
  3. Fontelles, declaring again that the success of his mission was nearest his heart, but in truth eager to rebuke or chasten my mocking disrespect, rushed from the room. - "Simon Dale", Anthony Hope.
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