What does punishment mean?

Definitions for punishment
ˈpʌn ɪʃ məntpun·ish·ment

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word punishment.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. punishment, penalty, penalization, penalisationnoun

    the act of punishing

Wiktionary

  1. punishmentnoun

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

  2. punishmentnoun

    A penalty to punish wrongdoing, especially for crime.

  3. punishmentnoun

    A suffering by pain or loss imposed as retribution

  4. punishmentnoun

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

    a vehicle that can take a lot of punishment

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Punishmentnoun

    Any infliction imposed in vengeance of a crime.

    Etymology: punissement, Fr.

    The house of endless pain is built thereby,
    In which ten thousand sorts of punishments
    The cursed creatures do eternally torment. Fa. Queen.

    Unless it were a bloody murtherer,
    I never gave them condign punishment. William Shakespeare.

    Thou, through the judgment of God, shalt receive just punishment for thy pride. 2 Mac. vii. 36.

    Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity? Job xxxi. 3.

    Had I a hundred mouths, a hundred tongues,
    I could not half those horrid crimes repeat,
    Nor half the punishments those crimes have met. Dryden.

    The rewards and punishments of another life, which the Almighty has established, as the enforcements of his law, are of weight enough to determine the choice, against whatever pleasure or pain this life can shew. John Locke.

ChatGPT

  1. punishment

    Punishment is the imposition of a penalty or negative consequence in response to an individual's action or behavior, often with the aim to correct or deter that behavior. It usually follows rules or laws that have been broken and can range from fines and loss of privileges to imprisonment or death penalty, depending on the severity of the offense.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Punishmentnoun

    the act of punishing

  2. Punishmentnoun

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

  3. Punishmentnoun

    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

Wikidata

  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.

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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

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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. Rusty Hardin:

    A father believed he had the right to discipline his children. He made a mistake. In unintended consequences, his son was hurt, He pled to a court and accepted punishment and wanted to resume his career, and now the NFL has decided they’re going to be the arbiter of what’s appropriate discipline for a child and whether a person is or is not feeling significant remorse.

  2. Sarah Erickson:

    Not having his picture, his name, nothing, it was kind of like, really ? we felt that they just did it on purpose... Almost like a punishment because he killed himself.

  3. Madonna:

    Catholicism is not a soothing religion. It's a painful religion. We're all gluttons for punishment.

  4. Brad Adams:

    Rather than confronting the inherent cruelty of capital punishment, Pakistani officials are puzzling over how to hang a man in a wheelchair, the government should urgently commute Abdul Basit's sentence.

  5. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche:

    Speaking generally, punishment hardens and numbs, it produces obstinacy, it sharpens the sense of alienation and strengthens the power of resistance.

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