Thesaurus

penal

adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms of penal

inflicting, involving, or serving as punishment
  • Australia was once a penal colony

Synonyms for penal

Words Related to penal

Near Antonyms for penal

Antonyms for penal

See the Dictionary Definition 

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about penal

Time Traveler for penal

Time Traveler

The first known use of penal was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Cite this Entry

“Penal.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/penal. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on penal

Dictionary: Definition of penal

Nglish: Translation of penal for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of penal for Arabic Speakers

Comments on penal

What made you want to look up penal? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!