From Middle English punishement, punyschment, punyschement, ponyshemente, from Old French punissement, from punir (“to punish”), synchronically equivalent to punish + -ment. Compare the English nouns punishing and punition.
- The act or process of punishing, imposing and/or applying a sanction.
- The naughty children were given a punishment by their teachers.
- A penalty to punish wrongdoing, especially for crime.
- a light punishment
- a harsh punishement'
- 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
act of punishing
penalty for wrongdoing
suffering imposed as retribution
harsh treatment or experience
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