What does the word chastisement mean?

Usage examples for chastisement

  1. Unparallelled in splendor and greatness, countless treasures flowed in to her from other lands, but pride presumption and the sins of her inhabitants brought down the chastisement of Heaven upon her and she sank, swallowed up by the waves." – Bohemian Society by Lydia Leavitt
  2. Entrusted with these vast powers, they do not, as do the rest of states, allow the magistrates elected to exercise authority as they like, right through the year of office; but, in the style rather of despotic monarchs, or presidents of the games, at the first symptom of an offence against the law they inflict chastisement without warning and without hesitation. – The Polity of the Athenians and the Lacedaemonians by Xenophon
  3. But if you tell him the truth, that, in point of slavery, he does not necessarily differ from those who have been thrice sold, what but chastisement can you expect? – The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to prose. Volume I (of X) - Greece by Various
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