Chasten (verb)

  1. To discipline or punish in order to correct or improve.
  2. To purify or refine.

Origin:

Middle english chastenen, from old english c├Žstnian, from latin castigare, from castus "pure".

Examples:

  1. The boy was chastened by his father for misbehaving.
  2. The company was chastened by the loss and vowed to improve.
  3. The experience chastened her and made her more humble.
  4. The criticism was meant to chasten him, not to hurt him.
  5. The fire in the crucible will chasten the metal.
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