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Posted by on Jul. 12, 2011 at 8:55 AM
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  • chasten      \CHAY-sun\
  • DEFINITION    verb     1: to correct by punishment or suffering : discipline; also : purify
    2 a : to prune (as a work or style of art) of excess, pretense, or falsity : refine b : to cause to be more humble or restrained : subdue
  • DID YOU KNOW?  If you say you would "castigate" or "chastise" someone in order to "chasten" them, you demonstrate a good knowledge of the origin of "chasten" -- all three verbs derive from the Latin verb "castigare," meaning "to punish." The trio shares an initial sense of "to subject to severe and often physical punishment," but all three verbs are now as likely to refer to a verbal dressing-down as a physical lesson. "Chasten" (which arrived in English via Anglo-French "chastier") can also be used to mean "to prune of excess, pretense, or falsity." This led to the more general sense of "to make more subdued," although the humility can be imposed by a humiliating situation as easily as by a strict taskmaster. 





by on Jul. 12, 2011 at 8:55 AM
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natesmom1228
by on Jul. 12, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Thanks

Jess1231
by on Jul. 12, 2011 at 9:14 AM
Never heard that one!
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fineyouguyswin
by on Jul. 12, 2011 at 10:34 AM

Cool

CrazedMomof2
by on Jul. 12, 2011 at 10:49 AM
Tfs
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lukesmyboy
by Christina on Jul. 12, 2011 at 11:51 AM

interesting

itsallabtthem84
by ~B~ on Jul. 12, 2011 at 12:14 PM

TFS

RobynS
by Mama2CamKat on Jul. 12, 2011 at 12:56 PM

I knew chastise, but not chasten

KTMOM
by on Jul. 12, 2011 at 12:58 PM

don't hear people use this word often.

Barabell
by on Jul. 12, 2011 at 3:46 PM

I don't hear people use this word often either. TFS!

mumsy2three
by Shauna on Jul. 12, 2011 at 5:23 PM


Quoting RobynS:

I knew chastise, but not chasten


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