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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English punischen, from Anglo-Norman, Old French puniss-, stem of some of the conjugated forms of punir, from Latin puniō, punīre (to inflict punishment upon), from poena (punishment, penalty); see pain.

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punish (third-person singular simple present punishes, present participle punishing, simple past and past participle punished)

  1. To cause to suffer for crime or misconduct, to administer disciplinary action.
  2. To cause great harm to (a punishing blow).

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  • (to cause to suffer for crime or misconduct): castigate

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