Punish Definition

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To subject to a penalty for an offense, sin, or fault.
American Heritage
To cause to undergo pain, loss, or suffering for a crime or wrongdoing.
Webster's New World
To impose a penalty on a wrongdoer for (an offense)
Webster's New World
To deal out punishment.
Webster's New World
To treat harshly or injuriously.
The punishing rays of the sun.
Webster's New World

Origin of Punish

  • Middle English punissen, punishen from Old French punir puniss- from Latin poenīre, pūnīre from poena punishment from Greek poinē kwei-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English punischen, from Latin punire (“to inflict punishment upon"), from poena (“punishment, penalty"); see pain.

    From Wiktionary

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