AskDefine | Define chasten

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1 censure severely; "She chastised him for his insensitive remarks" [syn: chastise, castigate, objurgate, correct]
2 restrain or temper [syn: moderate, temper]
3 correct by punishment or discipline [syn: tame, subdue]

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  1. To make chaste
  2. To punish or reprimand for the sake of improvement

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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