- a punishment imposed or incurred for a violation of law or rule.
- a loss, forfeiture, suffering, or the like, to which one subjects oneself by nonfulfillment of some obligation.
- something that is forfeited, as a sum of money.
- a disadvantage imposed upon one of the competitors or upon one side for infraction of the rules of a game, sport, etc.
- consequence or disadvantage attached to any action, condition, etc.
Origin of penalty
Related Words for penaltiesdiscipline, forfeiture, cost, fine, retribution, rap, handicap, forfeit, amercement, price, amends, mulct, fall, mortification, dues, disadvantage, damages
Examples from the Web for penalties
Contemporary Examples of penalties
The penalties are set in stone through 2016, but after that they will remain at $695 per year, plus inflation.Think You’re Invincible? Here’s Why Open Enrollment Matters
November 16, 2014
Second, penalties need to be increased for lying or deliberately withholding relevant requested information from Congress.George W. Bush’s Puzzling WMD Coverup
Rick Santorum, Pete Hoekstra
October 27, 2014
Despite committing 13 penalties, the Iroquois roared back from a late 8-3 deficit to notch it at 8-8 before giving up a late goal.A Millennium After Inventing the Game, the Iroquois Are Lacrosse’s New Superpower
July 21, 2014
That year they ugly-chained it all the way to the final, lost on penalties to Brazil, and I decided to abandon them.Why Americans Should Love the World Cup
June 12, 2014
Liberia also has some of the strongest rape laws and penalties on the continent.Liberia’s Child Prostitutes
May 19, 2014
Historical Examples of penalties
All the penalties will not be light, nor evenly distributed.
Ill-considered remedies for our faults bring only penalties after them.
For each there exists a normal rate of travel, beyond which are penalties.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
He has no identification tag; he releases Peabody; seems not to know the penalties.Slaves of Mercury
It is one of the penalties of Protestantism that the audiences, after a while, outgrow the preacher.The American Mind
- a legal or official punishment, such as a term of imprisonment
- some other form of punishment, such as a fine or forfeit for not fulfilling a contract
- loss, suffering, or other unfortunate result of one's own action, error, etc
- sport games a handicap awarded against a player or team for illegal play, such as a free shot at goal by the opposing team, loss of points, etc
Word Origin for penalty
mid-15c., from Middle French penalité and directly from Medieval Latin poenalitatem (nominative poenalitas), from Latin poenalis (see penal). The sporting sense is first recorded 1885. Ice hockey penalty box attested by 1931.