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.
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
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