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cruel and unusual punishment

Definition of cruel and unusual punishment

  1. :  punishment that is very harsh and too severe for the crime <The law forbids cruel and unusual punishment.>



Word by Word Definitions

cruelplay
  1. :  disposed to inflict pain or suffering :  devoid of humane feelings

    :  causing or conducive to injury, grief, or pain

    :  unrelieved by leniency

unusualplay
  1. :  not usual :  uncommon, rare

punishmentplay
  1. :  the act of punishing

    :  suffering, pain, or loss that serves as retribution

    :  a penalty inflicted on an offender through judicial procedure


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