punishing the vile Assad regime by blowing up Syrian government assets would benefit neither the Syrians nor the Americans.
And few have experienced the peril of this punishing violence like the residents of Aleppo.
The problems created by a little transparency might be solved by even more transparency--for example, by punishing fraud.
They were punishing Gingrich and Perry for resorting to “left-wing” attacks.
And his Socialist Party candidates predictably failed, a punishing defeat surprising only in its scope.
I refused—I gave the devil the victory, and God was angry, and now he is punishing me.
Nothing ever took hold of that girl,—not catechising, nor advising, nor punishing.
Then is not God merciful to the world in punishing them, even in destroying them out of the world, where they only do harm?
You would have been justified in punishing the fellow as he deserved.
She felt that it was his way of punishing her for not having been a more conformable wife.
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.