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Chasten   /tʃˈeɪsən/   Listen

(past & past part. chastened; pres. part. chastening)
Censure severely.  Synonyms: castigate, chastise, correct, objurgate.
Restrain.  Synonyms: moderate, temper.
Correct by punishment or discipline.  Synonyms: subdue, tame.

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"Chasten" Quotes from Famous Books

... The law of self-preservation prevents them from becoming anthropophagi. A knowledge that the eater may in his turn be eaten, is not appetizing. Materially and professionally successful, possessed of a physique that did honor to his ancestors and Nature, no shadows fell on Landor's path to chasten his spirit. Trials he endured of a private nature grievous in the extreme, yet calculated to harden rather than soften the heart,—trials of which others were partially the cause, and which probably need not have been had his character been understood and rightly ...
— The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 102, April, 1866 • Various

... funeral oration on Pico della Mirandola, he deals somewhat harshly with his dead friend. Since Pico, notwithstanding an inner voice which came from God, would not enter the Order, he had himself prayed to God to chasten him for his disobedience. He certainly had not desired his death, and alms and prayers had obtained the favour that Pico's soul was safe in Purgatory. With regard to a comforting vision which Pico had upon his sickbed, in which the Virgin appeared ...
— The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy • Jacob Burckhardt

... the gloom; the Christmas myth, as I had heard someone once call it. Did it possess the power to save me? Save me from what? Ah, in this hour I knew. In the darkness the Danger loomed up before me, vague yet terrible, and I trembled. Why was not this Thing ever present, to chasten and sober me? The ...
— The Crossing • Winston Churchill

... his exultation, bade M. de Fontelles do as seemed best to him. Fontelles, declaring again that the success of his mission was nearest his heart, but in truth eager to rebuke or chasten my mocking disrespect, rushed from the room. Carford followed more leisurely. He had at least time for consideration now; and there were the chances of this quarrel ...
— Simon Dale • Anthony Hope

... lady's journal, she could not get out of her head the uncomfortable fancy that her trim, fair-haired escort sat like a protecting deity (heathen and sinister) between Heriot and all who desired, even with the most loving purpose, to chasten his faults and moderate the exuberance of his ...
— The Prodigal Father • J. Storer Clouston

... mine end and the number of my days, that I may be certified how long I have to live. When thou with rebukes dost chasten man for sin, thou makest his beauty to consume away, like as it were a moth fretting a garment: every man, therefore, is vanity. For man walketh in a vain show, and disquieteth—" the engine of a passing freight coughed, ...
— The Iron Woman • Margaret Deland

Words linked to "Chasten" :   berate, trounce, flame, chew out, lambast, reproof, rebuke, call on the carpet, correct, bawl out, have words, call down, take to task, lecture, jaw, remonstrate, chide, change, chew up, dress down, rag, lambaste, scold, modify, alter, reprimand, moderate

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