Fairly or unfairly, US and NATO forces are blamed for "the unpunished abuse of power by corrupt officials and power-brokers."
It seems a tame ending that villainy should get off unpunished.
But from now on, no error would remain undiscovered or unpunished.
Pete would still be unpunished and if the Whitneys should meet him, Jeff, again, they would not bother to take him prisoner.
What shall he profit, if his injustice be undetected and unpunished?
But "Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished."
There remains the other question: Is a guilty man better off when he is punished or when he is unpunished?
I tremble for the cause of humanity, in the unpunished outrages of the most wicked of mankind.
But for the sake of the priests he dare not leave me unpunished.
At Milan Bonaparte advises the Directory that he is dealing with unpunished "fripponeries" in the commissariat department.
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.