noun, plural pen·al·ties.
- penal servitude,
- penalty area,
- penalty box,
- penalty corner,
- penalty double,
- penalty kick
Origin of penalty
Examples from the Web for penalty
Last summer, Louisiana also banned non-legal adoption, with offenders facing a penalty of $5,000 and up to five years in prison.
The penalty is only rarely imposed, as members often resign before they can be voted out of Congress.
And as the Israeli NGO Yesh Din has documented, that penalty is actually on the high end.
Under the ACA, adults without minimal essential coverage will be charged a penalty when they file their tax return.
While that might just seem like a slap on the wrist compared to the cost of insurance, the penalty increases every year.
The penalty in the first case, was, it was felt, altogether out of proportion to the offence.Social Rights And Duties|Leslie Stephen
Or, this affirmation you make and give upon the peril of the penalty of perjury.A short history of Rhode Island|George Washington Greene
Mobita's theory worked very well for a time, but as he had missed an essential he paid the penalty in the end.The Witch Doctor and other Rhodesian Studies|Frank Worthington
No matter how obscurely one has ever appeared in print, one pays the penalty of the pinnacle ever after.The Joys of Being a Woman|Winifred Kirkland
Voltaire had let his high spirits and his sharp tongue carry him too far, and he was to pay the penalty.Books and Characters|Lytton Strachey
noun plural -ties
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.