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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ What concerned us more was the news that anyone sheltering or helping escaped prisoners-of-war would be severely punished.
▪ He notes that whenever earnings problems have emerged, investors have severely punished stocks.
▪ Again, if the early screams of protest have been severely punished, regard for their own need may feel too dangerous.
▪ Belle has already been severely punished.
▪ It means inflicting an injury which would be severely punished by a court of law if it was inflicted during an argument.
▪ Anyone, even of their own number, who had harmed it would have been severely punished.
▪ She had been intercepted outside Guy's room and would be severely punished, perhaps even killed.
▪ Thorn threatened after the Van Exel incident to severely punish the next player who made physical contact with a referee.
▪ Institutionally, there are no mechanisms for punishing some one for deviant behaviour of any kind.
▪ The butcher chases them off the rock with kicks and abusive shouts, as though punishing them for bad behaviour.
▪ Another Tory, David Evans, said parents should be punished if their children offend.
▪ The moral way to resolve the problem is to keep people from entering rather than punishing their children once they are here.
▪ Do threats to punish the child remain unfulfilled?
▪ So I fell on my knees and asked them not to punish the child any more.
▪ Ask teachers not to ignore, reject, or punish your child.
▪ We don't punish people for crimes if they are insane, because we have decided that they can't help it.
▪ If so, it makes good sense that Zezolla is not punished for crimes she only imagined.
▪ Then they led Linkworth to the hanging-shed to punish him for his crime.
▪ The 1995 law punishes crack cocaine crimes 100 times more severely than powder cocaine crimes, the association said.
▪ The law simply punishes individual crimes.
▪ They established a three-tier court system which had exclusive authority to punish crime.
▪ He had to be punished for the crime of being over thirty and not yet married.
▪ The only way he knew to heal the pain of his humiliation was to punish her for the crime of leaving him.
▪ The law simply punishes individual crimes.
▪ Tampering and destruction were barred by federal law and would be punished.
▪ The purpose of the civil law is to compensate; it is the function of the criminal law to punish.
▪ The 1995 law punishes crack cocaine crimes 100 times more severely than powder cocaine crimes, the association said.
▪ Tony Marlow says Britain has become too civilised and doesn't punish offenders properly.
▪ The Act aimed to boost the fairness of fines, and introduced means-related unit fines as a way of punishing young offenders.
▪ Damages are designed not to punish the person in breach but to compensate for the loss sustained by the plaintiff.
▪ Of much greater practical significance, and by no means obsolete, is the power to punish for contempt.
▪ The court acknowledged that a state may punish a teacher who disrupts schooling.
▪ This had so infuriated Moustaine that he had decided to punish them, which meant the rest of us as well.
▪ All those products could face tariffs if Washington decided to punish the two countries.
▪ Kelly Flinn, starred in a political and military soap opera last May while the military decided how to punish her.
▪ If the Board of Higher Education had decided to punish City for its impertinence, it had succeeded admirably.
▪ Phoebe's short-lived psychiatrist boyfriend pointed this out: in Friends, any interloper, by interloping, deserved to be punished.
▪ Those not following their prescriptions deserve to be punished.
▪ We deserve to be punished because we considered ourselves over and above the deceased.
▪ It was not designed to punish us.
▪ Punitive damages are designed to punish and deter misconduct.
▪ Damages are designed not to punish the person in breach but to compensate for the loss sustained by the plaintiff.
▪ But the estate also is asking for punitive damages, designed to punish Simpson for his conduct.
▪ Both victims' estates have filed claims for punitive damages, which are designed to punish the killer and deter future slayings.
▪ In the broadest sense, there are two such systems: rewarding circuits and punishing circuits.
▪ But they also reward or punish behavior: The deduction for charitable contributions underwrites generosity.
▪ Virtue is rewarded and vice punished.
▪ The implications of measurement to employees was that performance on something being measured would be rewarded if good and punished if bad.
▪ And the push to reward, not just punish, is echoed across the Phoenix area.
▪ How do you motivate people when there is no way to reward the efficient or punish the laggard?
▪ It was neither rewarded nor punished.
▪ In other societies these would be war crimes, to be tried and punished.
▪ I tried punishing him for it, but that only made it worse.
▪ Fraudulent acts would be tried as misdemeanours and punished by up to two years in prison with or without hard labour.
▪ Had this tribunal the legal power and authority to try and punish this man?
▪ I am not trying to punish you for what Steve did to Maria Luisa.
▪ She wanted no part of some one trying to punish her husband for something she obviously regarded as between him and her.
▪ How I try to punish my parents with my sharp tongue.
▪ They had wanted Leyland punished, that much I know, and to them, the system had failed.
▪ Suddenly, I want to punish him, to make him pay for my invisibility.
▪ So you want to punish me, do you?
▪ You can apply to my father for money if you still want to punish him for not backing you.
▪ Deserting the army during war can be punished by death.
▪ His parents punished him for disobedience.
▪ Sanders should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
▪ She was suspended while the school decided how to punish her.
▪ The U.S. threatened to take away trading privileges as a way to punish the country for human rights violations.
▪ Two instructors were punished for harassing female students.
▪ He knew that if he didn't punish Oliver, his wife would never forgive him.
▪ She still refused to give up her son and instead was punished.
▪ She was always reluctant to punish him.
▪ The Court ruled that such speech could be punished even if it was not legally obscene and did not cause substantial disruption.
▪ The judge said he'd already been punished a thousand times.
▪ They were the men the politicians called when they wanted somebody transferred, promoted, punished.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Punish \Pun"ish\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Punished; p. pr. & vb. n. Punishing.] [OE. punischen, F. punir, from L. punire, punitum, akin to poena punishment, penalty. See Pain, and -ish.]

  1. To impose a penalty upon; to afflict with pain, loss, or suffering for a crime or fault, either with or without a view to the offender's amendment; to cause to suffer in retribution; to chasten; as, to punish traitors with death; a father punishes his child for willful disobedience.

    A greater power Now ruled him, punished in the shape he sinned.

  2. To inflict a penalty for (an offense) upon the offender; to repay, as a fault, crime, etc., with pain or loss; as, to punish murder or treason with death.

  3. To injure, as by beating; to pommel. [Low]

  4. To deal with roughly or harshly; -- chiefly used with regard to a contest; as, our troops punished the enemy.

    Syn: To chastise; castigate; scourge; whip; lash; correct; discipline. See Chasten.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, from Old French puniss-, extended present participle stem of punir "to punish," from Latin punire "punish, correct, chastise; take vengeance for; inflict a penalty on, cause pain for some offense," earlier poenire, from poena "penalty, punishment" (see penal). Colloquial meaning "to inflict heavy damage or loss" is first recorded 1801, originally in boxing. Related: Punished; punishing.


vb. 1 To cause to suffer for crime or misconduct, to administer disciplinary action. 2 To cause great harm to (''a punishing blow''). 3 (rfv-sense) To dumb down severely or to the point of uselessness or near-uselessness.


v. impose a penalty on; inflict punishment on; "The students were penalized for showing up late for class"; "we had to punish the dog for soiling the floor again" [syn: penalize, penalise]

Punish (band)

Punish is a technical-death-metal band from Switzerland, formed in 1996. The band has shared the stage with international bands including: Artillery, Atheist, Belphegor, Cannibal Corpse, Destruction, Exhumed, Hour of Penance and Illdisposed.

Usage examples of "punish".

As there is a kind of commutation in favors, when, to wit, a man gives thanks for a favor received, so also is there commutation in the matter of offenses, when, on account of an offense committed against another, a man is either punished against his will, which pertains to vindictive justice, or makes amends of his own accord, which belongs to penance, which regards the person of the sinner, just as vindictive justice regards the person of the judge.

The danger of frequent perjury might justify the pronouncing against a false accuser the same penalty which his evidence would have inflicted: the disorders of the times might compel the legislator to punish every homicide with death, and every injury with equal retaliation.

Henry was strong enough only six years after the death of Thomas to win control over a vast amount of important property by insisting that questions of advowson should be tried in the secular courts, and that the murderers of clerks should be punished by the common law.

These and other transgressions of those limits the States appropriately may punish.

United States is exclusively a case of statutory construction, it is significant from a constitutional point of view in that its reasoning is contrary to that of earlier cases narrowly construing the act of 1831 and asserting broad inherent powers of courts to punish contempts independently of and contrary to Congressional regulation of this power.

Catholics, are popular superstitions, envy, calumnies, backbiting, insinuations, and the like, which, being neither punished nor refuted, stir up suspicion of witchcraft.

My first act as Sheriff will be to install, on the courthouse lawn, a bastinado platform and a set of stocks -- in order to punish dishonest dope dealers in a proper public fashion.

Emperor Smith, do not punish the young fool too harshly, for he is yet, despite all my effort, a brainless thing.

The purpose of Hortatory is to exhort men to virtue, not to punish crime.

Wherefore the saint punished him with the sentence of his malediction, and foretold that not one of his seed should reign after him, but that his kingdom should be transferred to Kerellus, his younger brother.

A youth of consular rank, and a sickly constitution, was punished, without a trial, like a malefactor and a slave: yet such was the constancy of his mind, that Photius sustained the tortures of the scourge and the rack, without violating the faith which he had sworn to Belisarius.

Lord Say, the treasurer, and Cromer, sheriff of Kent, should be punished for their malversations, he would immediately lay down his arms.

He lashed at Jaw with his stick, apparently punishing the mastodont for his minor theft of the food.

But in the case of the rest, whose errors, committed wilfully or otherwise, are due to youth or ignorance or misapprehension, we should, I believe, merely rebuke them, or punish them in the mildest possible way.

And these mythical machineries of evil Lolita narratives perpetuate a misogyny that imposes developmentally abnormal sexuality on some females and simultaneously punishes all females for any sexuality.