Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search


Alternative forms[edit]


Old French chastiement, from the verb chastier, from Latin castīgō


  • IPA(key): /ˈtʃæstəzmənt/, /ˈtʃæstɪzmənt/, /tʃæˈstaɪzmənt/


chastisement (countable and uncountable, plural chastisements)

  1. The act of chastising; rebuke; punishment.
    • c. 1597, William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 2, Act IV, Scene 1,[1]
      Besides, the King hath wasted all his rods
      On late offenders, that he now doth lack
      The very instruments of chastisement;
      So that his power, like to a fangless lion,
      May offer, but not hold.
    • 1611, King James Version of the Bible, Isaiah 53:5,[2]
      But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
    • 1820, Washington Irving, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,”[3]
      All this he called “doing his duty by their parents;” and he never inflicted a chastisement without following it by the assurance, so consolatory to the smarting urchin, that “he would remember it and thank him for it the longest day he had to live.”
    • 1886, Robert Louis Stevenson, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Henry Jekyll’s Full Statement of the Case,[4]
      Into the details of the infamy at which I thus connived (for even now I can scarce grant that I committed it) I have no design of entering; I mean but to point out the warnings and the successive steps with which my chastisement approached.
    • 1929, Winston Churchill, Hansard, 24 December, 1929,[5]
      It seems to me that as he does not respond to this extremely conciliatory treatment it may be well to try whether a change of treatment might not produce a more satisfactory result. If praise and courtesy only result in narrow, bitter partisanship, perhaps a little well-merited chastisement may procure some geniality.

Derived terms[edit]