Examples of punishment in a Sentence
I took away my daughter's car keys as a punishment for her bad behavior.
The punishments that the government has inflicted on the protesters are severe and unjust.
The punishment for murder is life imprisonment.
Some religions teach that wicked people will suffer eternal punishment in hell after they die.
Recent Examples of punishment from the Web
Huggins got a second chance at freedom chiefly because of 2012’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in Miller v. Alabama, which found that life-without-parole sentences amounted to cruel and unusual punishment.
Rambo was charged criminally Monday with felony second-degree rape, which carries a maximum punishment of 50 years in prison.
Another man, James McDermott, was also convicted for the same crimes, but the two received radically different punishments: He was hanged, while Grace was sentenced to life in prison.
The bill would impose heavy economic and financial punishment on North Korea for developing nuclear-capable missiles and weapons of mass destruction despite world diplomatic efforts to discourage the armaments.
On Tuesday he was sentenced to five years in prison, the harshest punishment allowable by law.
The District Attorney's office alleges that the shooting was done to advance gang interests — a special circumstance that makes Torrez’s potential punishment either life in prison without parole or death.
In 1934, Joseph Stalin himself called Pasternak to scold him for trying to get a poet friend of his released, and Pasternak's friend and lover Olga Ivinskaya was sent to the gulag for three years as a punishment to the man.
The pardon undoubtedly spared Defendant from any punishment that might otherwise have been imposed.
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First Known Use of punishment
Synonymscastigation, chastisement, comeuppance, correction, desert (s), discipline, nemesis, penalty, wrath
Related Wordsreprisal, retaliation, retribution, revenge, vengeance; assessment, charge, fine, mulct; example, sentence; confinement, imprisonment, incarceration; condemnation, damnation, denouncement; censure, criticism, rebuke, reprimand, reproof
Near Antonymsamnesty, indemnity, pardon, parole; acquittal, exculpation, exoneration, vindication; exemption, immunity, impunity; release; commutation, reprieve; absolution, forgiveness, remission, remitment; condonation, disregard, overlooking
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