Punish

  • 1 punish — [pun′ish] vt. [ME punischen < extended stem of OFr punir < L punire, to punish < poena, punishment, penalty: see PENAL] 1. to cause to undergo pain, loss, or suffering for a crime or wrongdoing 2. to impose a penalty on a wrongdoer for… …

    English World dictionary

  • 2 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 punish — pun·ish / pə nish/ vt 1: to impose a penalty on for a fault, offense, or violation 2: to inflict a penalty for the commission of (an offense) in retribution or retaliation or as a deterrent vi: to inflict punishment pun·ish·abil·i·ty /ˌpə ni shə… …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 punish — punish, chastise, castigate, chasten, discipline, correct mean to inflict pain, loss, or suffering upon a person for his sin, crime, or fault. Punish implies imposing a penalty for violation of law, disobedience of authority, or intentional… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 punish — mid 14c., from O.Fr. puniss , extended prp. stem of punir to punish, from L. punire inflict a penalty on, cause pain for some offense, earlier poenire, from poena penalty, punishment (see PENAL (Cf. penal)). Colloquial meaning to inflict heavy… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 punish — [v] penalize for wrongdoing abuse, attend to, batter, beat, beat up, blacklist, castigate, chasten, chastise, correct, crack down on*, cuff, debar, defrock, discipline, dismiss, do in, execute, exile, expel, fine, flog, give a going over*, give… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 punish — ► VERB 1) impose a penalty on (someone) for an offence. 2) impose a penalty on someone for (an offence). 3) treat harshly or unfairly. DERIVATIVES punishable adjective. ORIGIN Latin punire, from poena penalty …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 punish — pun|ish [ˈpʌnıʃ] v [T] [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: punir, from Latin punire, from poena; PAIN1] 1.) to make someone suffer because they have done something wrong or broken the law →↑punishment, punitive ↑punitive ▪ Smacking is not an… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 9 punish — [[t]pʌ̱nɪʃ[/t]] punishes, punishing, punished 1) VERB To punish someone means to make them suffer in some way because they have done something wrong. [V n] I don t believe that George ever had to punish the children... [V n] According to present… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 punish — punisher, n. /pun ish/, v.t. 1. to subject to pain, loss, confinement, death, etc., as a penalty for some offense, transgression, or fault: to punish a criminal. 2. to inflict a penalty for (an offense, fault, etc.): to punish theft. 3. to handle …

    Universalium

  • 11 punish */*/ — UK [ˈpʌnɪʃ] / US verb [transitive, often passive] Word forms punish : present tense I/you/we/they punish he/she/it punishes present participle punishing past tense punished past participle punished to make someone suffer because they have done… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 punish — verb ADVERB ▪ harshly, severely ▪ justly ▪ unfairly ▪ duly ▪ Those who had opposed the court were duly punished …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 13 punish — pun|ish [ pʌnıʃ ] verb transitive often passive ** to make someone suffer because they have done something against the law or against the rules: Anyone caught smoking on school premises will be punished. punish someone for (doing) something: He… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 punish — verb (T) 1 to make someone suffer because they have done something wrong or broken the law: Some people believe that smacking is not an acceptable way to punish a child. | In some countries women who have abortions can be punished by imprisonment …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 punish — v. 1) to punish cruelly; harshly, severely; lightly, mildly; summarily 2) (D; tr.) to punish for (they were punished harshly for their crime) * * * [ pʌnɪʃ] harshly lightly mildly severely summarily to punish cruelly (D; tr.) to punish for (they… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 16 punish — 01. When her parents [punish] her, they usually send her to her room for a time out. 02. I can t [punish] my child for telling the truth about breaking the CD player. 03. The hockey player s 4 game suspension is sufficient [punishment] for the… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 17 punish — /ˈpʌnɪʃ / (say punish) verb (t) 1. to subject to a penalty, or to pain, loss, confinement, death, etc., for some offence, transgression, or fault: to punish a criminal. 2. to inflict a penalty for (an offence, fault, etc.): to punish theft. 3. to …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 18 punish — verb Etymology: Middle English punisshen, from Anglo French puniss , stem of punir, from Latin punire, from poena penalty more at pain Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to impose a penalty on for a fault, offense, or violation b. to… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 19 punish — I (Roget s IV) v. Syn. discipline, correct, chastise, chasten, castigate, penalize, sentence, train, reprove, scold, lecture, fine, incarcerate, imprison, immure, expel, execute, exile, behead, hang, electrocute, dismiss, disbar, disbench,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 punish — [14] Latin pūnīre ‘punish’ was derived from the noun poena ‘penalty, punishment’ (source of English pain). It passed into Old French as punir, whose stem puniss gave English punish. A derivative of pūnīre was pūnitīvus ‘inflicting punishment’,… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins


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