punishing

[ puhn-i-shing ]
/ ˈpʌn ɪ ʃɪŋ /

adjective

causing or characterized by harsh or injurious treatment; severe; brutal: The storm was accompanied by punishing winds.

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Origin of punishing

1425–75; late Middle English punyesand; see punish, -ing2

Related forms

non·pun·ish·ing, adjectiveself-pun·ish·ing, adjectiveun·pun·ish·ing, adjectiveun·pun·ish·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for punishing (2 of 2)

punish

[ puhn-ish ]
/ ˈpʌn ɪʃ /

verb (used with object)

to subject to pain, loss, confinement, death, etc., as a penalty for some offense, transgression, or fault: to punish a criminal.
to inflict a penalty for (an offense, fault, etc.): to punish theft.
to handle severely or roughly, as in a fight.
to put to painful exertion, as a horse in racing.
Informal. to make a heavy inroad on; deplete: to punish a quart of whiskey.

verb (used without object)

to inflict punishment.

Origin of punish

1300–50; Middle English punischen < Middle French puniss-, long stem of punir < Latin pūnīre; akin to poena penalty, pain

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Synonym study

1. Punish, correct, discipline refer to making evident public or private disapproval of violations of law, wrongdoing, or refusal to obey rules or regulations by imposing penalties. To punish is chiefly to inflict penalty or pain as a retribution for misdeeds, with little or no expectation of correction or improvement: to punish a thief. To correct is to reprove or inflict punishment for faults, specifically with the idea of bringing about improvement: to correct a rebellious child. To discipline is to give a kind of punishment that will educate or will establish useful habits: to discipline a careless driver.
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British Dictionary definitions for punishing

punish

/ (ˈpʌnɪʃ) /

verb

to force (someone) to undergo a penalty or sanction, such as imprisonment, fines, death, etc, for some crime or misdemeanour
(tr) to inflict punishment for (some crime, etc)
(tr) to use or treat harshly or roughly, esp as by overexertionto punish a horse
(tr) informal to consume (some commodity) in large quantitiesto punish the bottle

Derived Forms

punisher, nounpunishing, adjectivepunishingly, adverb

Word Origin for punish

C14 punisse, from Old French punir, from Latin pūnīre to punish, from poena penalty
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