What does punishment mean?

Definitions for punishment
ˈpʌn ɪʃ məntpun·ish·ment

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word punishment.

Princeton's WordNet

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

    the act of punishing

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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. punishment

    The execution of the sentence against an offender, as awarded by a court-martial, or adjudged by a superior officer.

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

How to pronounce punishment?

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How to say punishment in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of punishment in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of punishment in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of punishment in a Sentence

  1. Philip Luther:

    The Iranian authorities’ prolific use of corporal punishment, including on children, demonstrates a shocking disregard for basic humanity, they should immediately abolish all forms of such punishment, which in Iran includes amputation and blinding as well as flogging.

  2. Samuel Bieler:

    There is value in punishment, but you have to think about how to use it effectively and the threat of longer sentences does not have a deterrent value, what is needed is a way to transition [ prisoners ] into the community and the sooner you can do that, the better.

  3. Jules Renard:

    Failure is not the only punishment for laziness; there is also the success of others.

  4. Richard Blumenthal:

    Paul Manafort today faces, in effect, a life sentence. Michael Cohen should also face serious punishment for Michael Cohen crimes. Both should now cooperate -- truthfully and fully.

  5. Carsten Spohr:

    The pilot has passed all his tests, all his medical exams. We have at Lufthansa the reporting system where crew can report,,without being punished, their own problems, or they can report about problems of others without any kind of punishment, that hasn't been used either in this case. All the safety nets we are so proud of have not worked in this case.

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