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Meaning of PUNISH

Pronunciation:  'punish

WordNet Dictionary
[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"

PUNISH is a 6 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: penalise, penalize
 Antonyms: reward
 See Also: amerce, approximate, avenge, castigate, correct, discipline, estimate, execute, gauge, guess, judge, pillory, put to death, retaliate, revenge, scourge, sort out, tar-and-feather, victimise, victimize



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pun"ish\, v. t.
    To deal with roughly or harshly; -- chiefly used with regard
    to a contest; as, our troops punished the enemy. [Colloq. or
  2. \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
    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
             A greater power Now ruled him, punished in the shape
             he sinned.                            --Milton.
    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]
    Syn: To chastise; castigate; scourge; whip; lash; correct;
         discipline. See {Chasten}.