punishment Definition

  • 1the act of making someone suffer because they have done something wrong or broken the law
  • 2a penalty inflicted as retribution for an offense

Using punishment: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "punishment" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The punishment for stealing is imprisonment.

  • Example

    He was given a severe punishment for his misbehavior.

  • Example

    The teacher gave him extra homework as a punishment for being late.

  • Example

    Capital punishment is still legal in some countries.

punishment Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with punishment

  • a punishment that is appropriate in severity to the crime that has been committed


    Many people believe that the death penalty does not fit the crime and is therefore an inappropriate punishment.

  • if you do not punish a child when they do wrong, they will not learn what is right


    Some parents believe in the saying 'spare the rod and spoil the child' and use physical punishment to discipline their children.

  • accept the consequences of your actions


    He knew he had done wrong and was willing to take his punishment.

Origins of punishment

from Old French 'punissement', from Latin 'poena', meaning 'penalty'


Summary: punishment in Brief

The term 'punishment' [ˈpʌnɪʃmənt] refers to the act of making someone suffer due to wrongdoing or breaking the law. It can take many forms, such as imprisonment, fines, or extra work. Phrases like 'punishment fit the crime' and 'spare the rod and spoil the child' reflect the importance of appropriate punishment. 'Take your punishment' means accepting the consequences of one's actions.

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