Punishment definition

pŭnĭsh-mənt
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A penalty imposed for wrongdoing.
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A punishing or being punished.
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Punishment is the act of inflicting a consequence or penalty on someone as a result of their wrongdoing, or the consequence or penalty itself.

The act of grounding or spanking a child for wrongdoing is an example of punishment.

A grounding or a spanking is an example of a punishment.

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Rough treatment or use.

These old skis have taken a lot of punishment over the years.

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A penalty imposed on an offender for a crime or wrongdoing.
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The imposition of a penalty or deprivation for wrongdoing.

The swift punishment of all offenders.

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Sanctions such as fine, confinement, or loss of rights to property administered to a person convicted of a crime.
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The act or process of punishing, imposing and/or applying a sanction.
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A penalty to punish wrongdoing, especially for crime.
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A suffering by pain or loss imposed as retribution.
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(figuratively) Any treatment or experience so harsh it feels like being punished; rough handling.

A vehicle that can take a lot of punishment.

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Harsh or injurious treatment.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
punishment
Plural:
punishments

Origin of punishment

  • From the Anglo-Norman punisceement, punisement, punishement, punissement, punisshement and the Middle French punissement, from the Old French pugnissement, from puniss- (the long stem (see the French -iss-) of punir (“to punish")) + -ment (see the English -ment). Compare the English nouns punishing and punition.

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