The mom punished her daughter for talking back and made her sit in the corner to think about her actions.
- When you make your child stand in the corner for doing something bad, this is an example of when you punish your child.
- When a tax cut ends up costing the middle class money, this is an example of when tax cuts punish the middle class.
- to cause to undergo pain, loss, or suffering for a crime or wrongdoing
- to impose a penalty on a wrongdoer for (an offense)
- to treat harshly or injuriously: the punishing rays of the sun
Origin of punishMiddle English punischen from extended stem of Old French punir from Classical Latin punire, to punish from poena, punishment, penalty: see penal
verbpun·ished, pun·ish·ing, pun·ish·es
- To subject to a penalty for an offense, sin, or fault.
- To inflict a penalty for (an offense).
- To handle or use roughly; damage or hurt: My boots were punished by our long trek through the desert.
Origin of punishMiddle English punissen, punishen from Old French punir puniss- from Latin poenīre, pūnīre from poena punishment from Greek poinē ; see kwei-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present punishes, present participle punishing, simple past and past participle punished)
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