He was not only the rewarder of good but the punisher of evil.
My faith in Aunt Deel as a corrector and punisher was very great.
Besides which,—and this is true of all punishment—any sense of injustice destroys respect for the punisher.
He is manifestly the type of Justice, both punishing and rewarding; as punisher he has been transferred by Dante to the Inferno.
The punisher of our unknown sins committed somewhere else or forgotten?
Justice always accompanies Him, and is the punisher of those who fall short of the divine law.
Be conscience then his punisher, till heaven in mercy gives him penitence, or dooms him in its justice.
c.1300, from Old French puniss-, extended present participle stem of punir "to punish," from Latin punire "punish, correct, chastise; take vengeance for; inflict a penalty on, cause pain for some offense," earlier poenire, from poena "penalty, punishment" (see penal). Colloquial meaning "to inflict heavy damage or loss" is first recorded 1801, originally in boxing. Related: Punished; punishing.