1. [syn: correction, chastening, chastisement]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Chasten \Chas"ten\ (ch[=a]"s'n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Chastened
(-s'nd); p. pr. & vb. n. Chastening.] [OE. chastien, OF.
Chastier, F. Ch?tier, fr. L. castigare to punish, chastise;
castus pure + agere to lead, drive. See Chaste, Act, and
cf. Castigate, Chastise.]
1. To correct by punishment; to inflict pain upon the purpose
of reclaiming; to discipline; as, to chasten a son with a
For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth. --Heb. xii.
2. To purify from errors or faults; to refine.
They [classics] chasten and enlarge the mind, and
excite to noble actions. --Layard.
Syn: To chastise; punish; correct; discipline; castigate;
afflict; subdue; purify.
Usage: To Chasten, Punish, Chastise. To chasten is to
subject to affliction or trouble, in order to produce
a general change for the better in life or character.
To punish is to inflict penalty for violation of law,
disobedience to authority, or intentional wrongdoing.
To chastise is to punish a particular offense, as with
stripes, especially with the hope that suffering or
disgrace may prevent a repetition of faults.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a rebuke for making a mistake [syn: correction,