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

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After so much talk of reform and the moral high ground staked out by the Rice Commission, NCAA president Mark Emmert cannot let programs go unpunished when there is irrefutable proof of violations. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "As the NCAA readies its case, Arizona should brace for the worst (just ask USC)," 13 June 2019 Adultery by a husband might go unpunished, but an unfaithful wife would be executed. National Geographic, "Who was Hammurabi?," 22 Apr. 2019 This fact was hardly a secret (the New York Times covered the arrival in Mobile Bay), but the men behind the transaction went essentially unpunished. Lily Rothman, Time, "Zora Neale Hurston’s Long-Unpublished Barracoon Finds Its Place After Decades of Delay," 10 May 2018 There were hiccups, but the response — including this take from the executive director of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe — really put Facebook in no-good-deed-goes-unpunished territory. Casey Newton, The Verge, "22 predictions for social media in 2019," 15 Dec. 2018 Most of the priests who committed these crimes are still alive, still unpunished, even promoted. Mary Beth Keane, Vogue, "Amid Scandal After Scandal, One Catholic Mother Faces A Painful Choice," 6 Dec. 2018 This is but a small sampling of all the healthy-eating deeds that haven’t gone unpunished in my years of counseling patients with digestive disorders. SELF, "Why This Registered Dietitian Tells (Some of) Her Patients to Avoid Kale Salads," 30 Nov. 2018 These penalties come as FIFA attempts to crack down on discrimination after the widespread use of the chant went unpunished in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Julia Poe, SI.com, "Chicharito Urges Mexican Fans to Stop Using Homophobic Chant at World Cup," 20 June 2018 The commanders, hoping to tamp down brewing unrest, pulled Company B off the front line and let the conspirators go unpunished. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "The One Time American Troops Fought Russians Was at the End of World War I—and They Lost," 9 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of unpunished

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unpunished

: not punished

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