[peen-l-ahyz, pen-]
verb (used with object), pe·nal·ized, pe·nal·iz·ing.
  1. to subject to a penalty, as a person.
  2. to declare (an action, deed, etc.) punishable by law or rule.
  3. to put under a disadvantage or handicap.
Also especially British, pe·nal·ise.

Origin of penalize

First recorded in 1865–70; penal + -ize
Related formspe·nal·iz·a·ble, adjectivepe·nal·i·za·tion, nounnon·pe·nal·ized, adjectiveo·ver·pe·nal·i·za·tion, nouno·ver·pe·nal·ize, verb (used with object), o·ver·pe·nal·ized, o·ver·pe·nal·iz··pe·nal·ize, verb (used with object), re·pe·nal·ized, re·pe·nal·iz·ing.un·pe·nal·ized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for penalised

Historical Examples of penalised

  • One woman only picked oakum all day; she was the one who was penalised.

  • In other words, these innocent and innocuous marks are regarded as defects and penalised accordingly.

  • Once again, as in the eighteenth century, Ireland would be penalised for being a poor and "sweated" country.

  • One after another Irish industries were penalised and crippled by being forbidden all part in the export trade.

  • If once a national system sufficient for destitution was inaugurated, the man who will not work could be penalised.

British Dictionary definitions for penalised



verb (tr)
  1. to impose a penalty on (someone), as for breaking a law or rule
  2. to inflict a handicap or disadvantage on
  3. sport to award a free stroke, point, or penalty against (a player or team)
  4. to declare (an act) legally punishable; make subject to a penalty
Derived Formspenalization or penalisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for penalised



1868, from penal + -ize. Related: Penalized; penalizing.

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