Chas"ten (chā"s'n), v. t.
[imp. & p. p. Chastened (-s'nd);
p. pr. & vb. n. Chastening.] [OE.
chastien, OF. Chastier, F. Ch&?;tier, fr. L.
castigare to punish, chastise; castus pure +
agere to lead, drive. See Chaste, Act, and
cf. Castigate, Chastise.] 1.
To correct by punishment; to inflict pain upon the purpose
of reclaiming; to discipline; as, to chasten a son with a
For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth.
Heb. xii. 6.
2. To purify from errors or faults; to
They [classics] chasten and enlarge the
mind, and excite to noble actions.
Syn. -- To chastise; punish; correct; discipline;
castigate; afflict; subdue; purify. To Chasten,
Punish, Chastise. To chasten is to subject
to affliction or trouble, in order to produce a general change
for the better in life or character. To punish is to
inflict penalty for violation of law, disobedience to authority,
or intentional wrongdoing. To chastise is to punish a
particular offense, as with stripes, especially with the hope
that suffering or disgrace may prevent a repetition of