from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or an instance of punishing.
- n. The condition of being punished.
- n. A penalty imposed for wrongdoing: "The severity of the punishment must . . . be in keeping with the kind of obligation which has been violated” ( Simone Weil).
- n. Rough handling; mistreatment: These old skis have taken a lot of punishment over the years.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act or process of punishing, imposing and/or applying a sanction.
- n. A penalty to punish wrongdoing, especially for crime.
- n. A suffering by pain or loss imposed as retribution
- n. Any treatment or experience so harsh it feels like being punished; rough handling
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of punishing.
- n. Any pain, suffering, or loss inflicted on a person because of a crime or offense.
- n. 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.
- n. Severe, rough, or disastrous treatment.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of punishing; the infliction of pain or chastisement.
- n. Pain, suffering, loss, confinement, or other penalty inflicted on a person for a crime or offense, by the authority to which the offender is subject; a penalty imposed in the enforcement or application of law.
- n. Pain or injury inflicted, in a general sense; especially, in colloquial use, the pain inflicted by one pugilist on another in a prize-fight.
- n. Synonyms Chastisement, correction, discipline. See chastise.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of punishing
From the Anglo-Norman punisceement, punisement, punishement, punissement, punisshement and the Middle French punissement, from the Old French pugnissement, from puniss- (the long stem (see the French -iss-) of punir, “to punish”) + -ment (see the English -ment). Compare the English nouns punishing and punition. (Wiktionary)