Punish meaning

pŭnĭsh
Punish is to impose suffering or penalty, or to treat someone in an harsh manner.

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.

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To subject to a penalty for an offense, sin, or fault.
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To handle or use roughly; damage or hurt.

My boots were punished by our long trek through the desert.

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To inflict a penalty for (an offense).
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To exact or mete out punishment.
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To cause to undergo pain, loss, or suffering for a crime or wrongdoing.
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To treat harshly or injuriously.

The punishing rays of the sun.

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To deal out punishment.
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To cause great harm to. (a punishing blow)
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To dumb down severely or to the point of uselessness or near-uselessness.
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To impose a penalty on a wrongdoer for (an offense)
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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