Punish is to impose suffering or penalty, or to treat someone in an harsh manner.verb
- 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
- Informal to consume or use up
Origin: Middle English punischen from extended stem of Old French punir from Classical Latin punire, to punish from poena, punishment, penalty: see penal
- punisher noun
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verb pun·ished, pun·ish·ing, pun·ish·es verb, transitive
- To subject to a penalty for an offense, sin, or fault.
- To inflict a penalty for (an offense).
- To handle roughly; hurt: My boots were punished by our long trek through the desert.
Origin: Middle 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.
- punˌish·a·bilˈi·ty noun
- punˈish·a·ble adjective
- punˈish·er noun