Definitions for: Punish

[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"

Webster (1913) Definition: 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

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.

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

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