Definition of Punishment

1. Noun. The act of punishing.




Definition of Punishment

1. n. The act of punishing.

2. n. Severe, rough, or disastrous treatment.

Definition of Punishment

1. Noun. The act or process of punishing, imposing and/or applying a sanction. ¹

2. Noun. A penalty to punish wrongdoing, especially for crime. ¹

3. Noun. A suffering by pain or loss imposed as retribution ¹

4. Noun. (figuratively) Any treatment or experience so harsh it feels like being punished; rough handling ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Punishment

1. [n -S]

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Literary usage of Punishment

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1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"But, generally, all the punishment is remitted by the Crown, ... In other cases the punishment is now simply by hanging, or, in the military and naval ..."

2. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham (1823)
"A mode of punishment, according as the ap- The most ef- pearance 01 it bears a greater proportion to the Of rendering reality, may be said to be the more ..."

3. The American and English Encyclopedia of Law by John Houston Merrill, Charles Frederic Williams, Thomas Johnson Michie, David Shephard Garland (1892)
"The court, by Deady, DJ, said: "A crime is punished by the punishment actually imposed, but it is punishable by any punishment that the law authorizes the ..."

4. Leviathan, Or, The Matter, Forme & Power of a Commonwealth, Ecclesiasticall by Thomas Hobbes (1651)
"revenge, but terrour; and the terrour of a great punishment unknown, is taken away by the declaration of a lesse, the unexpected addition is no part of ..."

5. Publications (1848)
"... let it be considered, though tnc world' in for the present their punishment is deferred, yet the punishment inflicted on them will be found to amount to ..."

6. The North American Review by Edward Everett, James Russell Lowell, Henry Cabot Lodge (1891)
"Is THERE anything degrading in corporal punishment ? There is said to be a feeling that such is the case in America, and there are painful signs of the ..."

7. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1910)
"of unrestrained power, condemned by the cruel and unusual punishment clause. Second. That this duty of apportionment compels not only that the lawmaking ..."

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