punishment

  • 1 punishment — pun·ish·ment n 1: the act of punishing 2: a penalty (as a fine or imprisonment) inflicted on an offender through the judicial and esp. criminal process see also cruel and unusual punishment Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 punishment —    Punishment is the infliction of something bad (frequently, but not necessarily, pain or a loss of freedom) on a wrongdoer because of a wrong committed. Philosophical debate centres on the question of how, if at all, punishment can be justified …

    Christian Philosophy

  • 3 Punishment — Pun ish*ment, n. 1. The act of punishing. [1913 Webster] 2. Any pain, suffering, or loss inflicted on a person because of a crime or offense. [1913 Webster] I never gave them condign punishment. Shak. [1913 Webster] The rewards and punishments of …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 punishment — late 13c., from Anglo Fr. punisement (13c.), O.Fr. punissement, from punir (see PUNISH (Cf. punish)). Meaning “rough handling” is from 1811 …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 punishment — [n] penalty abuse, amercement, beating, castigation, chastening, chastisement, comeuppance, confiscation, correction, deprivation, disciplinary action, discipline, forfeit, forfeiture, gallows, hard work, infliction, just desserts*, lumps,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 punishment — ► NOUN 1) the action of punishing or the state of being punished. 2) the penalty imposed for an offence. 3) informal harsh or rough treatment …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 punishment — [pun′ish mənt] n. 1. a punishing or being punished 2. a penalty imposed on an offender for a crime or wrongdoing 3. harsh or injurious treatment …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 Punishment — The old village stocks in Chapeltown, Lancashire, England For other uses, see Punishment (disambiguation). Punishment is the authoritative imposition of something negative or unpleasant on a person or animal in response to behavior deemed wrong… …

    Wikipedia

  • 9 PUNISHMENT — While there is no modern theory of punishment that cannot, in some form or other, be traced back to biblical concepts, the original and foremost purpose of punishment in biblical law was the appeasement of God. God abhors the criminal ways of… …

    Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • 10 punishment — /pun ish meuhnt/, n. 1. the act of punishing. 2. the fact of being punished, as for an offense or fault. 3. a penalty inflicted for an offense, fault, etc. 4. severe handling or treatment. [1250 1300; ME punysshement < AF punisement, OF… …

    Universalium

  • 11 punishment — n. 1) to administer, mete out punishment to 2) to impose, inflict punishment on 3) to escape; suffer, take punishment 4) cruel, cruel and unusual; harsh, severe; just; light, mild punishment 5) capital; corporal; summary punishment 6) (mil.)… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 12 punishment — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ cruel, harsh, heavy, severe ▪ unusual ▪ the constitutional prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment ▪ appropriate …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 13 punishment — Any fine, penalty, or confinement inflicted upon a person by the authority of the law and the judgment and sentence of a court, for some crime or offense committed by him, or for his omission of a duty enjoined by law. A deprivation of property… …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 14 punishment — pun|ish|ment W3 [ˈpʌnıʃmənt] n 1.) [U and C] something that is done in order to punish someone, or the act of punishing them →↑punitive ▪ The Court decides what punishment to impose . punishment for ▪ the punishment for treason punishment by ▪… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 Punishment — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Punishment >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 punishment punishment punition Sgm: N 1 chastisement chastisement chastening Sgm: N 1 correction correction castigation GRP: N 2 Sgm: N 2 discipline discipline …

    English dictionary for students

  • 16 punishment — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Applying a penalty for an offense Nouns 1. punishment; chastisement, chastening; correction, castigation; discipline, infliction, trial; judgment, penalty; retribution; thunderbolt, nemesis; requital,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 17 punishment — [[t]pʌ̱nɪʃmənt[/t]] punishments 1) N UNCOUNT Punishment is the act of punishing someone or of being punished. ...a group which campaigns against the physical punishment of children... I have no doubt that the man is guilty and that he deserves… …

    English dictionary

  • 18 punishment — noun 1 (C) a way in which someone or something is punished (+ for): I sent Alex to bed early as a punishment for breaking the window. | You know the punishment for treason, don t you? | a harsh/severe punishment (=one that makes someone suffer a… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 punishment */*/ — UK [ˈpʌnɪʃmənt] / US noun Word forms punishment : singular punishment plural punishments 1) [countable] a way in which someone is punished He had to clean up the mess as a punishment. punishment for: A 1994 law increased punishments for… …

    English dictionary

  • 20 punishment — The deliberate infliction of harm upon somebody, or the withdrawal of some good from them, by an authority, in response to their being supposed to have committed some offence. Sometimes punishment may be inflicted upon an animal, or… …

    Philosophy dictionary