- punic wars,
- punitive damages,
Origin of punishing
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of punish
Examples from the Web for punishing
The Feds are more interesting in finding out who is doing the recruiting rather than punishing those being recruited.What the U.S. Can Learn from Europe About Dealing with Terrorists|Scott Beauchamp|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The king set about punishing Marshal, opposing his attempts to establish his family in their lands in Ireland and Wales.England’s Greatest Knight Puts ‘Game of Thrones’ to Shame|William O’Connor|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It seems the universe is punishing, violent, random, chaos, and so of course you become controlling.Michael Sheen’s Masterful Study of Sex and Insecurity|Caryn James|September 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So punishing Putin, not the people of Russia, should be our primary aim.
And his Socialist Party candidates predictably failed, a punishing defeat surprising only in its scope.
One of these boys was unpopular with the others, and they invented a method of punishing him for supposed offenses.Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 2 (of 6)|Havelock Ellis
Tell me not of God's vengeance, punishing men for his own glory!Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 2 (of 3)|Theodore Parker
Her ability to get him out of a punishing mood is well illustrated by the following incident.My Life|Josiah Flynt
What can we have done that the dear Vidame is punishing us by keeping his word to the infanta?The Collection of Antiquities|Honore de Balzac
This must result in merely enriching the Indian capitalist and punishing the consumer.The Wheel of Fortune|Mahatma Gandhi
Word Origin for punish
"hard-hitting," 1811, present participle adjective from punish (v.). Related: Punishingly.
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.