Origin of punishment
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Examples from the Web for self-punishment
For self-punishment is just as much a submission to the flesh as luxury and self-indulgence.The Soul of a People
He was also liable to attacks of caprice and self-punishment.The Growth of a Soul
That action must be her self-punishment for the other time she had done it.The Man of the Forest
No more weary vigils in a room dedicated to remorse and self-punishment.Dark Hollow
Anna Katherine Green
How could he appease the wrath of Him who died on the cross, save by years of bitter supplication and self-punishment?Hypatia
- the act or an instance of punishing oneself
- 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
Word Origin and History for self-punishment
late 14c., from Anglo-French punisement (late 13c.), Old French punissement, from punir (see punish). Meaning "rough handling" is from 1811.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with self-punishment
see glutton for punishment.
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