Variant of punish
- 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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