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chastise

chas·tise

chastise

 
pronunciation:
chae staIz
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: chastised, chastises, chastising
definition 1: to punish, often corporally.
The masters frequently chastised the students with a cane.
synonyms:
punish
similar words:
beat, belt, cane, castigate, cuff, discipline, lambaste, objurgate, slap, smack, spank, thrash, wallop, whip
definition 2: to criticize harshly.
The priest was chastised by the church for espousing radical ideas.The principal chastised the boy, saying she would expel him if his behavior did not improve.
synonyms:
berate, castigate, censure, condemn, excoriate, flay, fulminate against, lambaste, objurgate, rebuke, tongue-lash, upbraid
antonyms:
praise
similar words:
admonish, bawl out, chew out, chide, criticize, reprimand, reprove, scold, take to task
derivations: chastisable (adj.), chastisement (n.), chastiser (n.)
Word Parts
The word chastise contains the following part:
-ize, -ise Greek verb-forming suffix that means to turn into or cause to be
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The suffix -ize , -ise forms transitive verbs from adjectives (civilize ) and nouns (crystallize ). The oldest English verbs ending in -ize were loanwords from Greek (baptize , catechize ).