March 05, 2013
- chastise (verb)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : to punish severely (as by whipping)2 : to criticize harshly
- How do you use it?
- Several members of the team were chastised by the coach for neglecting their schoolwork.
- Are you a word wiz?
Which one of these words do you think is similar in meaning to "chastise"?You can't find fault with C. "Discipline" suggests punishing a wrongdoer, but stresses the effort to bring the person under control. ("The parents need to discipline their unruly children.") "Chastise" may apply to either physical punishment or a verbal reprimand. ("They were chastised for being late.") "Castigate," meanwhile, implies a public criticism. ("The newspaper editorial castigated the mayor.") "Chasten," another synonym, suggests a trial that leaves one humbled. ("The incumbent was chastened by his re-election defeat.") "Correct" implies punishment aimed at reforming the offender. ("Prison should serve to correct the wrongdoer.")