- 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.
Punish is to impose suffering or penalty, or to treat someone in an harsh manner.
- 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
to deal out punishment
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.
To exact or mete out punishment.
Origin of punishMiddle English punissen, punishen, from Old French punir, puniss-, from Latin poen&imacron;re, p&umacron;n&imacron;re, from poena, punishment, from Greek poin&emacron;; 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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