pun·ish·ment noun \ˈpə-nish-mənt\
: the act of punishing someone or a way of punishing someone
: the state of being punished
: rough physical treatment
a : suffering, pain, or loss that serves as retribution
b : a penalty inflicted on an offender through judicial procedure
: severe, rough, or disastrous treatment
Examples of PUNISHMENT
- I took away my daughter's car keys as a punishment for her bad behavior.
- The punishments that the government has inflicted on the protesters are severe and unjust.
- The punishment for murder is life imprisonment.
- Some religions teach that wicked people will suffer eternal punishment in hell after they die.
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