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From Middle English punishement, from Old French punissement, from punir (to punish). Equivalent to punish +‎ -ment. Displaced native Old English wīte.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈpʌnɪʃmənt/
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  • Hyphenation: pun‧ish‧ment

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punishment (countable and uncountable, plural punishments)

  1. The act (action) or process of punishing, imposing and/or applying a sanction.
    The naughty children were given a punishment by their teachers.
  2. A penalty to punish wrongdoing, especially for crime.
    a light punishment
    a harsh punishment
  3. A suffering by pain or loss imposed as retribution.
  4. (figuratively) Any harsh treatment or experience; rough handling.
    a vehicle that can take a lot of punishment

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