noun pun·ish·ment \ˈpə-nish-mənt\

: the act of punishing someone or a way of punishing someone

: the state of being punished

: rough physical treatment

Full Definition of PUNISHMENT

:  the act of punishing
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

  1. I took away my daughter's car keys as a punishment for her bad behavior.
  2. The punishments that the government has inflicted on the protesters are severe and unjust.
  3. The punishment for murder is life imprisonment.
  4. Some religions teach that wicked people will suffer eternal punishment in hell after they die.

First Known Use of PUNISHMENT

15th century
May 24, 2015
erudite Hear it
learned or pedantic
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