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EtymologyEdit

Compare French sous peine de.

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Prepositional phraseEdit

on pain of

  1. Subject to the punishment or circumstance of.
    • William Shakespeare
      On pain of death, no person be so bold,
      Or daring-hardy, as to touch the lists;
      Except the marshal, and such officers
      Appointed to direct these fair designs.

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