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English verb: chasten

1. chasten (communication) censure severely


SamplesShe chastised him for his insensitive remarks.


Synonymscastigate, chastise, correct, objurgate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)bawl out, berate, call down, call on the carpet, chew out, chew up, chide, dress down, have words, jaw, lambast, lambaste, lecture, rag, rebuke, remonstrate, reprimand, reproof, scold, take to task, trounce


Narrower (hyponym)flame

2. chasten (change) restrain


Synonymsmoderate, temper


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

3. chasten (change) correct by punishment or discipline


Synonymssubdue, tame


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify









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