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punishment

noun

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suffering, loss, or hardship imposed in response to a crime or offense
  • he is serving five years in prison as punishment for aggravated assault

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

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“Punishment.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/punishment. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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