- to subject to pain, loss, confinement, death, etc., as a penalty for some offense, transgression, or fault: to punish a criminal.
- to inflict a penalty for (an offense, fault, etc.): to punish theft.
- to handle severely or roughly, as in a fight.
- to put to painful exertion, as a horse in racing.
- Informal. to make a heavy inroad on; deplete: to punish a quart of whiskey.
- to inflict punishment.
Origin of punish
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Examples from the Web for unpunished
Fairly or unfairly, US and NATO forces are blamed for "the unpunished abuse of power by corrupt officials and power-brokers."Strategy? What Strategy?
September 29, 2009
What shall he profit, if his injustice be undetected and unpunished?The Republic
There remains the other question: Is a guilty man better off when he is punished or when he is unpunished?Gorgias
But from now on, no error would remain undiscovered or unpunished.Final Weapon
Everett B. Cole
But for the sake of the priests he dare not leave me unpunished.An Egyptian Princess, Complete
It seems a tame ending that villainy should get off unpunished.The Lady of Lynn
- not receiving or having received a penalty or sanction as punishment for any crime or offence
- to force (someone) to undergo a penalty or sanction, such as imprisonment, fines, death, etc, for some crime or misdemeanour
- (tr) to inflict punishment for (some crime, etc)
- (tr) to use or treat harshly or roughly, esp as by overexertionto punish a horse
- (tr) informal to consume (some commodity) in large quantitiesto punish the bottle
Word Origin and History for unpunished
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.