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chastening


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Chasten  \Chas"ten\  (ch[=a]"s'n),  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Chastened} 
  (-s'nd);  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Chastening}.]  [OE.  chastien,  OF 
  Chastier,  F.  Ch?tier,  fr  L.  castigare  to  punish,  chastise; 
  castus  pure  +  agere  to  lead,  drive.  See  {Chaste},  {Act},  and 
  cf  {Castigate},  {Chastise}.] 
  1.  To  correct  by  punishment;  to  inflict  pain  upon  the  purpose 
  of  reclaiming;  to  discipline;  as  to  chasten  a  son  with  a 
  rod. 
 
  For  whom  the  Lord  loveth  he  chasteneth  --Heb.  xii. 
  6. 
 
  2.  To  purify  from  errors  or  faults;  to  refine. 
 
  They  [classics]  chasten  and  enlarge  the  mind,  and 
  excite  to  noble  actions.  --Layard. 
 
  Syn:  To  chastise;  punish;  correct;  discipline;  castigate; 
  afflict;  subdue;  purify. 
 
  Usage:  To  {Chasten},  {Punish},  {Chastise}.  To  chasten  is  to 
  subject  to  affliction  or  trouble,  in  order  to  produce 
  a  general  change  for  the  better  in  life  or  character. 
  To  punish  is  to  inflict  penalty  for  violation  of  law, 
  disobedience  to  authority,  or  intentional  wrongdoing. 
  To  chastise  is  to  punish  a  particular  offense,  as  with 
  stripes,  especially  with  the  hope  that  suffering  or 
  disgrace  may  prevent  a  repetition  of  faults. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  chastening 
  n  :  a  rebuke  for  making  a  mistake  [syn:  {correction},  {chastisement}] 




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