un·​pun·​ished | \ ˌən-ˈpə-nisht How to pronounce unpunished (audio) \

Definition of unpunished

: not punished an unpunished criminal/crime an offense that should not be allowed to go unpunished

Examples of unpunished in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An offense during Goethe’s time, and one that continues to go unpunished today. David Bahr, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 It cannot be allowed to continue; it cannot be allowed to go unpunished. Katya Soldak, Forbes, 5 June 2022 Smart parking ensures that, no matter how many vehicles there are, violations will never go unpunished. Naveen Joshi, Forbes, 28 May 2022 As awful a price as sanctions are exacting, the alternative—leaving Putin unpunished—would arguably be worse. Michael A. Cohen, The New Republic, 8 Apr. 2022 Garrison's campaign website sparsely lists his background and says murders, rapes, child molestations and assaults of police go unpunished in Hamilton County, without elaboration. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, 12 Apr. 2022 Inevitably, common sense says (if it is allowed to speak), such derelictions lead to crime that goes unpunished — and a lot more of it, destroying communities and lives. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 5 Feb. 2022 Advocates say crimes by Palestinians are aggressively prosecuted while settler violence typically goes unpunished. Washington Post, 29 Nov. 2021 But no good deed goes unpunished, and Mr. Feuerstein’s rebuilding efforts left Malden Mills saddled with debt, even as Polartec sales soared in the late 1990s. New York Times, 5 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of unpunished

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unpunished.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpunished. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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