Definition of penalty
- trespassing forbidden under penalty of imprisonment
- A penalty was imposed on the contractor for breach of contract.
- Loss of privacy is one of the penalties you pay for fame.
- The team was given a penalty for the foul.
The company was given a severe penalty for the violation.
They allowed him to pay back the money without a penalty.
They allowed him to pay back the money without penalty.
Lack of privacy is one of the penalties you pay for fame.
The hockey player was given a penalty for holding.
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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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to lessen the seriousness or strength of
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