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 The spa owners and operators targeted by law enforcement, experts said, often go unpunished. Washington Post, "Police crackdowns of illicit massage businesses pose harms to the women they aim to help," 3 Apr. 2021 The dearth of legislation not only allows abusers to go unpunished but also leaves women without access to legal protection. Madeline Roache, Time, "Russia's Leaders Won't Deal With a Domestic Violence Epidemic. These Women Stepped Up Instead," 3 Mar. 2021 Such clips, along with Ngo’s penchant to insinuate such activity went largely unpunished in Portland, often went viral. oregonlive, "How Portland’s Andy Ngo turned his war with ‘antifa’ into a dubious, best-selling book," 13 Feb. 2021 Civil liberties groups, journalists, and people who have faced police abuse are concerned that the measure will stymie press freedoms and allow police brutality to go undiscovered and unpunished. Fox News, "French protesters decry bill outlawing use of police images," 28 Nov. 2020 Other groups noted that anti-Semitic comments are common online but usually go unpunished. Thomas Adamson, ajc, "Miss France runner-up becomes target of anti-Semitic tweets," 21 Dec. 2020 Election experts and voting rights advocates think the efforts of the president and his campaign to alter the election results shouldn't go unpunished. CBS News, "Black voters concerned that Trump campaign's efforts to overturn election targeted them," 25 Nov. 2020 Anthony Taylor showed Martial a red card while Lamela went unpunished. George Ramsay, CNN, "Tottenham Hotspur puts six past Manchester United at Old Trafford," 4 Oct. 2020 Not coincidentally, the program was also such a Kafkaesque nightmare that many did not participate, and those who did were often tricked into foreclosure by corrupt mortgage servicers (who went largely unpunished). Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "Obama the pretender," 24 Nov. 2020

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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 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unpunished

: not punished

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