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corporal punishment

Law. physical punishment, as flogging, inflicted on the body of one convicted of a crime: formerly included the death penalty, sentencing to a term of years, etc.
physical punishment, as spanking, inflicted on a child by an adult in authority.
Origin of corporal punishment
First recorded in 1575-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • corporal punishment of schoolboys is only useless and harmful brutality.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • I have all my life been opposed to corporal punishment, be it in schools or for criminals.

    Memoirs Charles Godfrey Leland
  • corporal punishment; corporeal or material form or substance.

    The Verbalist Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
  • Nobody, whatever his rank, was safe from corporal punishment.

    The Story of Russia R. Van Bergen, M.A.
  • No corporal punishment was administered before his seventh year.

    History of Education Levi Seeley
  • I have strong prejudices against the system of corporal punishment.

    Vice Versa F. Anstey
British Dictionary definitions for corporal punishment

corporal punishment

punishment of a physical nature, such as caning, flogging, or beating
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