a sum of money to be paid as a punishment <the penalty for speeding is $10 for every mile over the speed limit>
suffering, loss, or hardship imposed in response to a crime or offense <in some cases, the new penalties for drug offenses were harsher than those for violent crimes> Related Words reprisal
Near Antonyms amnesty
the negative result caused by something that creates difficulty for achieving success <suffered the penalty of his decision to leave school without graduating>
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