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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. a rebuke for making a mistake;
[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 rod. [1913 Webster] For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth. --Heb. xii. 6. [1913 Webster] 2. To purify from errors or faults; to refine. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

chastening n 1: a rebuke for making a mistake [syn: correction, chastening, chastisement]