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 Letting a defense leave someone so open and that going unpunished isn’t ideal. Alex Zietlow, Charlotte Observer, 24 Mar. 2024 Close to 90% of all crimes are never reported and 9 in 10 homicides go unpunished. Ieva Jusionyte, The Mercury News, 15 Mar. 2024 The Mexican justice system has a large backlog of cases, contributing to the massive rate of unpunished crimes (more than 98% ) as people whose guilt has not been proven end up incarcerated. Albinson Linares, NBC News, 9 Jan. 2024 No literary justice here: the saboteurs live on to fight another day, unpunished. Christopher Ketcham, Harper's Magazine, 1 Nov. 2023 The heinous disregard for Ms. Mooney’s life will not go unpunished. Andy Rose, CNN, 23 Feb. 2024 This spike in settler violence against Palestinians – which has gone largely unpunished by Israeli authorities – has prompted the US to take a harder stance. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, 17 Feb. 2024 The same is true in other places where gendered violence tends to go unpunished. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, 5 Feb. 2024 The remark did not go unpunished and Tavecchio was banned for six months from FIFA leadership roles. Barbie Latza Nadeau, CNN, 3 Feb. 2024

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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 19 Apr. 2024.

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