- To discipline or punish in order to correct or improve.
- To purify or refine.
Middle english chastenen, from old english cæstnian, from latin castigare, from castus "pure".
- The boy was chastened by his father for misbehaving.
- The company was chastened by the loss and vowed to improve.
- The experience chastened her and made her more humble.
- The criticism was meant to chasten him, not to hurt him.
- The fire in the crucible will chasten the metal.