Synonyms and Antonyms of penalty

  1. 1 a sum of money to be paid as a punishment <the penalty for speeding is $10 for every mile over the speed limit> Synonyms damages, forfeit, forfeiture, mulct, fineRelated Words reparations; assessment, award, compensation; indemnity

  2. 2 suffering, loss, or hardship imposed in response to a crime or offense <in some cases, the new penalties for drug offenses were harsher than those for violent crimes> Synonyms castigation, chastisement, comeuppance, correction, desert(s), discipline, nemesis, punishment, wrathRelated Words reprisal, retaliation, retribution, revenge, vengeance; assessment, charge, fine, mulct; example, sentence; confinement, imprisonment, incarceration; condemnation, damnation, denouncement; censure, criticism, rebuke, reprimand, reproofNear Antonyms amnesty, indemnity, pardon, parole; acquittal, exculpation, exoneration, vindication; exemption, immunity, impunity; release; commutation, reprieve; absolution, forgiveness, remission, remitment; condonation, disregard, overlooking

  3. 3 the negative result caused by something that creates difficulty for achieving success <suffered the penalty of his decision to leave school without graduating>

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