un·​pun·​ished ˌən-ˈpə-nisht How to pronounce unpunished (audio)
: 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 Images: Reuters/AFP/Getty Images Composite: Mark Kelly No act of public service goes unpunished. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 30 Oct. 2023 And make no mistake: There is shame here, in the form of police negligence that remains largely unpunished, beyond the disciplining of some low-level functionaries. Chris Vognar, Rolling Stone, 17 Oct. 2023 This results in lax policing across the U.S., where theft has gone unpunished for too long and criminals take advantage of lax prosecution at the expense of law-abiding business owners. WSJ, 24 Oct. 2023 All that said, Dirk Hamer’s murder remains unpunished. Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 7 July 2023 But what is obvious, many analysts say, is that Putin is trying to show —after Prigozhin and his troops launched a brief rebellion — that no challenge to his rule will go unpunished. Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 25 Aug. 2023 Despite the sharp rise, many retailers don’t believe the police are taking enough action, with repeat offenders going unpunished and thieves getting more sophisticated in their ways. Prarthana Prakash, Fortune, 21 Aug. 2023 Against a team as stout as Covington Catholic, these types of errors will rarely go unpunished. Evan Merrill, The Enquirer, 19 Aug. 2023 The coup obviously failed but Jones still sits as the league's most powerful influence, unchallenged, and basically unpunished for attacking Goodell. Mike Freeman, USA TODAY, 16 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unpunished was in the 14th century

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“Unpunished.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpunished. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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