on/under pain of

Definition of on/under pain of

formal

  1. :  at the risk of being given (a particular form of punishment) She was ordered to remain silent under pain of imprisonment. He cannot return to the country on pain of death.

Word by Word Definitions

underplay
  1. :  in or into a position below or beneath something

    :  below or short of some quantity, level, or limit

    :  in or into a condition of subjection, subordination, or unconsciousness

  1. :  below or beneath so as to be overhung, surmounted, covered, protected, or concealed by

    :  subject to the authority, control, guidance, or instruction of

    :  receiving or undergoing the action or effect of

  1. :  lower in rank or authority :  subordinate

painplay
  1. :  punishment

    :  usually localized physical suffering associated with bodily disorder (such as a disease or an injury)

    :  a basic bodily sensation induced by a noxious stimulus, received by naked nerve endings, characterized by physical discomfort (such as pricking, throbbing, or aching), and typically leading to evasive action

  1. :  to make suffer or cause distress to :  hurt

    :  to put (oneself) to trouble or exertion

    :  suffer


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