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Definition: to refine, perfect; (religion) - to chasten, mortify; (literary) - to punish

Elle ne sait pas châtier son style - She doesn't know how to perfect her style

Vous devez châtier votre langage - You must refine your language

Parler un français châtié - To speak very proper French; Qui aime bien châtie bien - Spare the rod and spoil the child

Related: châtié (adj) - refined, polished; le châtiment (lit) - chastisement, punishment

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Pronunciation: [sha tyay]Audio Link
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