The correct answer is criticize severely.
C. pursue vigorously
D. criticize severely
The correct answer is (D) To criticize severely; to denounce vehemently; to punish, especially by corporal punishment; to discipline.
Chastise comes from Middle English chastien, chasten, chasty, chaste, Old French chastier, Latin castigare (to punish).
Examples of use:
- He was chastised for his dangerous action.
- The students were chastised for cheating during the examination.