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Pronunciation:  'punishmunt

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  the act of punishing

PUNISHMENT is a 10 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: penalisation, penalization, penalty
 See Also: castigation, chastisement, corporal punishment, correction, cruel and unusual punishment, detention, discipline, economic strangulation, imprisonment, medicine, music, penance, self-abasement, self-mortification, self-punishment, social control, stick



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pun"ish*ment\, n.
    Severe, rough, or disastrous treatment. [Colloq. or Slang]
  2. \Pun"ish*ment\, n.
    1. The act of punishing.
    2. Any pain, suffering, or loss inflicted on a person because
       of a crime or offense.
             I never gave them condign punishment. --Shak.
             The rewards and punishments of another life.
    3. (Law) A penalty inflicted by a court of justice on a
       convicted offender as a just retribution, and incidentally
       for the purposes of reformation and prevention.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are punished means guilt or shame about your actions. You need to learn to forgive yourself. Are you punishing yourself? Dreaming that you are punishing others means hidden resentment towards that person. Alternatively, they may represent aspects of your own personality that you fear.
Easton Bible Dictionary

The New Testament lays down the general principles of good government, but contains no code of laws for the punishment of offenders. Punishment proceeds on the principle that there is an eternal distinction between right and wrong, and that this distinction must be maintained for its own sake. It is not primarily intended for the reformation of criminals, nor for the purpose of deterring others from sin. These results may be gained, but crime in itself demands punishment. (See MURDER ¯T0002621; THEFT.)

Endless, of the impenitent and unbelieving. The rejection of this doctrine "cuts the ground from under the gospel...blots out the attribute of retributive justice; transmutes sin into misfortune instead of guilt; turns all suffering into chastisement; converts the piacular work of Christ into moral influence...The attempt to retain the evangelical theology in connection with it is futile" (Shedd).