From the Anglo-Norman punisceement, punisement, punishement, punissement, punisshement and the Middle French punissement, from the Old French pugnissement, from puniss- (the long stem (see the French -iss-) of punir (“to punish”)) + -ment (see the English -ment). Compare the English nouns punishing and punition.
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punishment (plural punishments)
- The act or process of punishing, imposing and/or applying a sanction.
- A penalty to punish wrongdoing, especially for crime.
- A suffering by pain or loss imposed as retribution
- (figuratively) Any treatment or experience so harsh it feels like being punished; rough handling
- a vehicle that can take a lot of punishment
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