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chastise (verb) scold severely; punish.

You chastise someone if you scold them severely or criticize severely. 'The teacher chastised the boy severely for his disrespect for teachers.' This means that the teacher scolded the boy severely for not showing proper respect for teachers. (Old use) Punishing someone physically for some offense, is chastising. When you beat someone, as a punishment for their misbehavior, you chastise them. When teachers in the past gave physical punishment to pupils, they chastised them. Now, of course, physical punishment of pupils is an offense.

  • The police officer chastised his subordinate for his lack of a sense of duty, and warned him that it would not be tolerated in future.
  • The coach chastened the players for their reluctance to attend the coaching camps, pointing out that their earlier defeats had been due to a lack of fitness and training.
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