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.
These old skis have taken a lot of punishment over the years.
The swift punishment of all offenders.
Other Word Forms
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.