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Punish meaning

punish - 4 dictionary results

  1. 1. To impose a penalty upon; to afflict with pain, loss, or suffering for a crime or fault, either with or without a view to the offender's amendment; to cause to suffer in retribution; to chasten; as, to punish traitors with death; a father punishes his child for willful disobedience.
  2. 2. To injure, as by beating; to pommel.
  3. 3. To deal with roughly or harshly; - chiefly used with regard to a contest; as, our troops punished the enemy.
  4. 4. To exact a penalty from; inflict pain or loss for ill- doing.

punish - examples of usage

  1. But don't punish me by going." - "The Devil's Garden", W. B. Maxwell.
  2. It's all past and gone, as far as I'm concerned; but I wanted you to see that I wasn't tryin' to punish him for his opinions, as you said. - "A Hazard of New Fortunes, Part Fifth", William Dean Howells.
  3. Neefe did not, as was said of Beethoven's father, punish the little boy severely to keep him at his practice, hour after hour. - "Beethoven The story of a little boy who was forced to practice", Thomas Tapper.
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