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Princeton's WordNet

  1. punishingadjective

    resulting in punishment

    "the king imposed a punishing tax"

  2. arduous, backbreaking, grueling, gruelling, hard, heavy, laborious, operose, punishing, toilsomeadjective

    characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort

    "worked their arduous way up the mining valley"; "a grueling campaign"; "hard labor"; "heavy work"; "heavy going"; "spent many laborious hours on the project"; "set a punishing pace"


  1. punishingadjective

    That inflicts punishment

  2. punishingadjective

    arduous, gruelling


  1. punishing

    Punishing refers to the act of inflicting suffering, pain, penalty, or loss upon someone as a response or consequence for a wrongdoing, mistake, or disobedience. The punishment is often used as a deterrent to prevent the individual from repeating the same behavior in the future.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Punishing

    of Punish

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of punishing in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of punishing in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of punishing in a Sentence

  1. Kahlil Gibran:

    What do the nationalists say about killers punishing murderers and thieves sentencing looters

  2. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang:

    We must fight it with all our might, we must strictly enforce environmental laws and regulations; crack down on those guilty of creating illegal emissions and ensure they pay a heavy price for such offences; and hold those who allow illegal emissions to account, punishing them accordingly.

  3. Jim Boeheim:

    If it had been handled properly, if they would have looked at the video — they’ve looked at the video every single time this year — the kid was laying on the floor. Wyatt was laying on the floor. And they’re going to punish those guys( the officials) ? No, they’re not punishing those guys. They’re punishing this guy right here because they did n’t do their job.

  4. Marquis de Sade:

    The degradation which characterizes the state into which you plunge him by punishing him pleases, amuses, and delights him. Deep down he enjoys having gone so far as to deserve being treated in such a way.

  5. Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.:

    The genius of impeachment lay in the fact that it could punish the man without punishing the office.

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