V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to punish; 2. to scold

Synonyms: berate, rebuke, upbraid, lambaste, reprimand, censure, scold

Antonyms: comfort, encourage, reward, bless, praise

Tips: Chastise is synonymous with berate and rebuke. Chastise is best used to denote punishing, while berate is best used to denote a lengthy "tongue lashing" or scolding. Rebuke is best used as a verb to denote punishing someone with a verbal scolding. Rebuke is also a noun. (i.e: "He was chastised with a verbal rebuke (scolding) and then sent to his room.") The related noun chastisement refers to the actual act of punishment.

Usage Examples:

To be chastised is not fun, but it helps to imprint the mistake and defer future missteps. (rebuked, reprimanded)

The right wing commentator will chastise the Democratic leader for his blunder. (berate, rebuke)

The mother chastised her son for crossing the street without looking by sending him to his room. (punished)

I suffered terrible chastisement from my boss when I caused the company to lose a major client. (censure, reprimand) noun

Want to Learn More Words Like chastise?
Discover How You Can Improve Your
Vocabulary 10 to 100 Times Faster with
the Power Vocabulary Builder

Dear Friend,

The definition and lessons for the word chastise were made available by the Power Vocabulary Builder.

The Power Vocabulary Builder will help you develop a fuller, richer vocabulary 10 to 100 times faster than any other program available.

Visit the the Power Vocabulary Builder site right now to discover how you can get full access to this breakthrough program today!

What's your vocabulary level?
Power Vocabulary Builder
FREE E-mail Course!

Drop your details in the boxes below to receive a FREE vocabulary course: