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punishment

[ puhn-ish-muhnt ]
/ ˈpʌn ɪʃ mənt /
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Definition of punishment

noun
the act of punishing.
the fact of being punished, as for an offense or fault.
a penalty inflicted for an offense, fault, etc.
severe handling or treatment.
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Origin of punishment

1250–1300; Middle English punysshement<Anglo-French punisement,Old French punissement.See punish, -ment

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British Dictionary definitions for punishment

punishment
/ (ˈpʌnɪʃmənt) /

noun
a penalty or sanction given for any crime or offence
the act of punishing or state of being punished
informal rough treatment
psychol any aversive stimulus administered to an organism as part of training
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Other Idioms and Phrases with punishment

punishment

see glutton for punishment.

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