Definitions for punishmentˈpʌn ɪʃ mənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pun•ish•mentˈpʌn ɪʃ mənt(n.)

  1. the act of punishing.

  2. the fact of being punished.

  3. a penalty inflicted for an offense or fault.

  4. severe handling or treatment.

Origin of punishment:

1250–1300; ME punysshement < AF punisement, OF punissement. See punish , -ment

Princeton's WordNet

  1. punishment, penalty, penalization, penalisation(noun)

    the act of punishing

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. punishment(noun)ˈpʌn ɪʃ mənt

    a way of punishing

    The jury was trying to decide on the killer's punishment.; He was not allowed to go out as punishment for lying.

  2. punishmentˈpʌn ɪʃ mənt

    the process of punishing

    She was able to avoid punishment.

Wiktionary

  1. punishment(Noun)

    The act or process of punishing, imposing and/or applying a sanction.

  2. punishment(Noun)

    A penalty to punish wrongdoing, especially for crime.

  3. punishment(Noun)

    A suffering by pain or loss imposed as retribution

  4. punishment(Noun)

    Any treatment or experience so harsh it feels like being punished; rough handling

    a vehicle that can take a lot of punishment

Webster Dictionary

  1. Punishment(noun)

    the act of punishing

  2. Punishment(noun)

    any pain, suffering, or loss inflicted on a person because of a crime or offense

  3. Punishment(noun)

    a penalty inflicted by a court of justice on a convicted offender as a just retribution, and incidentally for the purposes of reformation and prevention

Freebase

  1. Punishment

    Punishment is the authoritative imposition of something undesirable or unpleasant on, or the removal of something desirable or pleasant from, a person, animal, organization or entity in response to behavior deemed unacceptable by an individual, group or other entity. The authority may be either a group or a single person, and punishment may be carried out formally under a system of law or informally in other kinds of social settings such as within a family. Negative consequences that are not authorized or that are administered without a breach of rules are not considered to be punishment as defined here. The study and practice of the punishment of crimes, particularly as it applies to imprisonment, is called penology, or, often in modern texts, corrections; in this context, the punishment process is euphemistically called "correctional process". Research into punishment often includes similar research into prevention. Fundamental justifications for punishment include: retribution, deterrence, rehabilitation, and incapacitations such as isolation in order to prevent the wrongdoer's having contact with potential victims. Of the four justifications, only retribution is part of the definition of punishment and none of the other justifications is a guaranteed outcome.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. punishment

    1. The justice that the guilty deal out to those who are caught. 2. A perpetual fine, imposed hourly during the lifetime of a human being for his temerity in living, and continued in Heaven or Hell for his temerity in dying. 3. Among the poor and lowly, a service due the State for disobeying the mandates of the rich and powerful; among the rich, a slight reaction from overeating. (There are three kinds of punishment: the punishment of God, the punishment of man, and the punishment of living in Buffalo.)

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Punishment

    The application of an unpleasant stimulus or penalty for the purpose of eliminating or correcting undesirable behavior.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'punishment' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4026

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'punishment' in Nouns Frequency: #1565


Translations for punishment

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

punishment(noun)

the act of punishing or process of being punished.

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