Chaste tree. Same as Agnus castus.

(Chaste"ly), adv. In a chaste manner; with purity.

(Chas"ten) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Chastened (-s'nd); p. pr. & vb. n. Chastening.] [OE. chastien, OF. Chastier, F. Chtier, 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.

Syn. — To chastise; punish; correct; discipline; castigate; afflict; subdue; purify. 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.

(Chas"tened) a. Corrected; disciplined; refined; purified; toned down. Sir. W. Scott.

Of such a finished chastened purity.

(Chas"ten*er) n. One who chastens.

(Chaste"ness) n.

1. Chastity; purity.

2. (Literature & Art) Freedom from all that is meretricious, gaudy, or affected; as, chasteness of design.

(Chas*tis"a*ble) a. Capable or deserving of chastisement; punishable. Sherwood.

(Chast) v. t. to chasten. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(Chaste) a. [F. chaste, from L. castus pure, chaste; cf. Gr. kaqaro`s pure, Skr. çudth to purify.]

1. Pure from unlawful sexual intercourse; virtuous; continent. "As chaste as Diana." Shak.

Whose bed is undefiled and chaste pronounced.

2. Pure in thought and act; innocent; free from lewdness and obscenity, or indecency in act or speech; modest; as, a chaste mind; chaste eyes.

3. Pure in design and expression; correct; free from barbarisms or vulgarisms; refined; simple; as, a chaste style in composition or art.

That great model of chaste, lofty, and eloquence, the Book of Common Prayer.

4. Unmarried. [Obs.] Chaucer.

Syn. — Undefiled; pure; virtuous; continent; immaculate; spotless.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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