Punish Definition

pŭnĭsh
punished, punishes, punishing
verb
punished, punishes, punishing
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
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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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