Simple Definition of punish
: to make (someone) suffer for a crime or for bad behavior
: to make someone suffer for (a crime or bad behavior)
: to treat (someone or something) severely or roughly
Full Definition of punish
Examples of punish
I think that murderers should be punished by life imprisonment.
She was punished for lying.
His parents punished him by taking away his allowance.
How should I punish my child's misbehavior?
State law punishes fraud with fines.
Origin of punish
Middle English punisshen, from Anglo-French puniss-, stem of punir, from Latin punire, from poena penalty — more at pain
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of punish
Rhymes with punish
PUNISHABLE Defined for Kids
Definition of punishable
: deserving to be punished <a punishable offense>
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