Definition of chasten:
lead, naturalize, adjust, domesticate, cultivate, decry, subdue, domesticise, control, restrain, keep down, subordinate, counterbalance, hold in, compensate, normalize, conquer, purify, chastise, sort out, refine, rebuke, hold, mince, slump, domesticize, tone down, suppress, uplift, curb, encourage, berate, praise, reprehend, moderate, stamp down, harden, reprove, even up, subjugate, reclaim, scold, correct, improve, reduce, decline, humiliate, master, check, surmount, naturalise, mortify, quash, humble, rectify, make up, repress, call down, overcome, scourge, anneal, mollify, even out, tame, roast, season, clarify, set, right, chair, castigate, temper, get over, objurgate, inhibit, even off, reprimand, soften, reprobate, excoriate, redress, contain.
- disapprove (part of speech: verb)
- punish (part of speech: verb)
She might have had princes and kings, the elect of the world, at her feet; and perhaps it had needed but one of her smiles to add to a great nation's gladness, to ennoble or chasten the thought of an epoch.- "Wisdom and Destiny", Maurice Maeterlinck.
- "Red Hair", Elinor Glyn.
Simplicity and economy in the affairs of state have never failed to chasten and invigorate republican principles, while these have been as surely subverted by national prodigality, under whatever specious pretexts it may have been introduced or fostered.- "Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present", Various.