corporal punishment


noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. corpocracy,
  2. corpocratic,
  3. corpora,
  4. corporal,
  5. corporal of horse,
  6. corporal's guard,
  7. corporate,
  8. corporate anorexia,
  9. corporate culture,
  10. corporate governance

Origin of corporal punishment

First recorded in 1575–85

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British Dictionary definitions for corporal punishment

corporal punishment

noun

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