• WordNet 3.6
    • v chasten correct by punishment or discipline
    • v chasten restrain
    • v chasten censure severely "She chastised him for his insensitive remarks"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Chasten To correct by punishment; to inflict pain upon the purpose of reclaiming; to discipline; as, to chasten a son with a rod. "For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth ."
    • Chasten To purify from errors or faults; to refine. "They [classics chasten and enlarge the mind, and excite to noble actions."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • chasten To inflict pain, trouble, or affliction on for the purpose of reclaiming from evil; correct; chastise; punish: formerly of corporal punishment, but now, chiefly with a moral reference, of disciplinary affliction.
    • chasten To purify by discipline, as the taste; refine; make chaste: as, to chasten the imagination, the taste, or one's style.
    • chasten Synonyms Punish, etc. See chastise.
    • n chasten See chesten.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Chasten chās′n to free from faults by punishing—hence to punish, to purify or refine: to restrain or moderate
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  • Hannah Whitall Smith
    Hannah Whitall Smith
    “Look upon your chastening as God's chariots sent to carry your soul into the high places of spiritual achievement.”
  • William Wordsworth
    “Hearing often-times the still, sad music of humanity, nor harsh nor grating, though of ample power to chasten and subdue.”
  • Robert Southey
    “Affliction is not sent in vain, young man, from that good God, who chastens whom he loves.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. chastien, OF. Chastier, F. Chtier, fr. L. castigare, to punish, chastise; castus, pure + agere, to lead, drive. See Chaste Act, and cf. Castigate Chastise


In literature:

True, both had now returned, but in chastened mood, the result perhaps of well-deserved affliction experienced in foreign lands.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
Was some sentient force chastening him, scourging him with rods for the good of his soul?
"The Hidden Places" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
It has a chastening effect.
"American Adventures" by Julian Street
Her sensibilities are stronger, because they have been exercised and chastened.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
By the time we completed the last of our journeys to the east of Ypres, we were a battalion chastened in body and spirit.
"The Seventh Manchesters" by S. J. Wilson
Before her house he stooped and kissed her again without fear of repulse, chastened and subdued.
"The Mayor of Warwick" by Herbert M. Hopkins
And, doing it, He has not denied me to find many a chastened joy.
"Faith Gartney's Girlhood" by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
The suffering had chastened her.
"Wolf Breed" by Jackson Gregory
And chasten'd for our holiest thoughts.
"The Danvers Jewels, and Sir Charles Danvers" by Mary Cholmondeley
No man who looks back over his own career, say of twenty-five years, but is both chastened and amused.
"Germany and the Germans" by Price Collier

In poetry:

Father, my child! my child,
Is laid beneath the sod!
and, oh! with quivering lips I try
To kiss the chastening rod
"A Mother's Lament For An Only One" by Nora Pembroke
Unhappy man, with chastened soul,
And opened eyes, true vision win,
To see thy lowly origin
And thy inevitable goal.
"The Dwellers In Clay" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol
"LORD, wave again Thy chastening rod,
Till every idol throne
Crumble to dust, and Thou, O GOD,
Reign in our hearts alone.
"Eighteenth Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble
"In vain I lift my hands to pray,
And cleanse my heart in vain;
For I am chastened all the day,
The night renews my pain."
"Psalm LXXIII: Now I'm Convinced the Lord Is Kind" by Isaac Watts
Often those whom most He loves,
Most He chastens and reproves—
Folly leaves to frowardness;
Visits virtue with distress.
"Morning Hymn" by John Bowring
Evening veil'd in dewy shades,
Slowly sinks upon the main;
See th' empurpled glory fades,
Beneath her sober, chasten'd reign.
"Evening" by Ann Radcliffe

In news:

Chastened Catholic bishops told they have to reform themselves.
Boston's Embattled Superintendent Begins School Year Chastened But Determined.
Romney says Obama has ' chastened ' Israel.
Craig Fugate refocusing a chastened FEMA.
Five Must-Read Books For The Chastened CEO In 2009.
Q&A with Jeremy Siegel on Chastened Expectations.
LONDON — After years as the poster boy of the Paralympics, a chastened Oscar Pistorius moved Monday to defuse the row that threatens to blemish the clean-cut image he forged during a protracted struggle for acceptance within his sport.
Film history doubles back on itself in this haunted travelogue—at once contemplative and thrilling, exalted and chastening, spectacular and impoverished—which was produced by recycling the archives of pioneer "actuality" maker Luca Comerio.
The British media, chastened by a year of controversy, are respecting the prince's privacy, though not necessarily their own staff's.
He chastens and hastens His will to make known.
As election-chastened Republicans rush to embrace Latinos, Arizona's infamously anti-immigrant governor finds herself on the wrong side of the fence.
Enlarge Brad Kingett/South Jersey Times Julia Rodgers, Shawn Chasten, Harry Duffield and Brad Sheridan played music during The Pilesgrove.
Chastened, Gurdon studied classics at Oxford, but never lost his scientific curiosity.