Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

chastise

chastise
Meaning(s)
1) criticize severely
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    • chastise someone for misbehaving
  • Analysis
    The verb 'to chastise' means to criticise, punish or reprimand severely. You might chastise a child for bad behaviour or a boss or manager might chastise you for poor work or poor performance. This is a verb that can be used in social or professional contexts and is a more formal way of saying 'to punish'.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. The student got chastised by her teacher for vandalizing the classroom during the lunch break. She had done a lot of damage.
    2. The coach felt that he had no choice but to chastise the team after their heavy defeat. He strongly believed that they should not be able to get away with letting the fans and club down in such a manner.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. My supervisor gets on my nerves, he is quick to chastise when I am late handing in work but his own work is never finished on time.
    2. I think John is really lazy and inefficient but I don't think it's a good idea to chastise my boss.
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