- to subject to a penalty, as a person.
- to declare (an action, deed, etc.) punishable by law or rule.
- to put under a disadvantage or handicap.
Also especially British, pe·nal·ise.
Origin of penalize
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Examples from the Web for penalise
You know, of course, that the intention of our law is ever to penalise the wrong-doer.Another Sheaf
He tried some curious devices to penalise himself for laziness.William Hickling Prescott
Harry Thurston Peck
Special care should be taken that taxation is so adjusted as not to penalise parenthood in the socially valuable middle class.Outspoken Essays
William Ralph Inge
When prevention has been properly taught, then it is fair to penalise those who wilfully neglect to take precautions.Safe Marriage
Ettie A. Rout
Moulders do not admit women, and penalise members who give instruction to female workers in any branch.Women in Modern Industry
B. L. Hutchins
- to impose a penalty on (someone), as for breaking a law or rule
- to inflict a handicap or disadvantage on
- sport to award a free stroke, point, or penalty against (a player or team)
- to declare (an act) legally punishable; make subject to a penalty
Word Origin and History for penalise
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