verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of punish
Examples from the Web for punish
Instead, it appears that the Obama administration has opted to punish North Korea financially.U.S. Spies Say They Tracked ‘Sony Hackers’ For Years|Shane Harris|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
And the law can easily be used as a political tool to punish any disrespect of the state.Disco Mullah Blasphemy Row Highlights Pakistan’s Hypocrisy|Shaheen Pasha|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Did North Korea hack Sony to punish them for a Seth Rogen movie that taunts Kim Jong-un?
Asked, if Christie is so terrible, why he would want to punish the people of the Garden State with his presence, Tancredo laughed.The ‘Stop Chris Christie’ Movement Begins. Good Luck With That.|Olivia Nuzzi|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And is it right for us to withhold assistance and punish civilians?
Burning indignation at first fired his soul, and he resolved to punish Quintal.The Lonely Island|R.M. Ballantyne
Neefe did not, as was said of Beethoven's father, punish the little boy severely to keep him at his practice, hour after hour.Beethoven|Thomas Tapper
If he be libelled, or any way defamed, he has his scandulum magnatum to punish the offender.
And is it fair to punish me for what is my misfortune, and not my fault?Clarissa, Volume 7|Samuel Richardson
His family tries every means to bring him back and to punish his apostasy.Contemporary Russian Novelists|Serge Persky
British Dictionary definitions for punish
Word Origin for punish
Word Origin and History for punish
c.1300, from Old French puniss-, extended present participle stem of punir "to punish," from Latin punire "punish, correct, chastise; take vengeance for; inflict a penalty on, cause pain for some offense," earlier poenire, from poena "penalty, punishment" (see penal). Colloquial meaning "to inflict heavy damage or loss" is first recorded 1801, originally in boxing. Related: Punished; punishing.