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punishing

[ puhn-i-shing ]
/ ˈpʌn ɪ ʃɪŋ /
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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
non·pun·ish·ing, adjectiveself-pun·ish·ing, adjectiveun·pun·ish·ing, adjectiveun·pun·ish·ing·ly, adverb
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