Definition of on/under pain offormal
- She was ordered to remain silent under pain of imprisonment.
- He cannot return to the country on pain of death.
: 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
: 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
: lying or placed below, beneath, or on the ventral side
: facing or protruding downward
: lower in rank or authority : subordinate
: usually localized physical suffering associated with bodily disorder (such as a disease or an injury)
: acute mental or emotional distress or suffering : grief
: to make suffer or cause distress to : hurt
: to put (oneself) to trouble or exertion
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