from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Pain or punishment.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An obsolete formpain.
  • n. A punishment more commonly called peine forte et dure. See below.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French peine, from Latin poena, from Ancient Greek ποινή (poinē, "penalty, fine, bloodmoney").


  • Note the necessity to put the i in peine to distinguish the two words by hearing instead of by context.

    he Spanish letter"e"

  • When I mentioned it to my friend Amy she asked if she could go along, too, as she'd always wanted to go to Salem and is fascinated by the Witch Trials that occurred there in 1692 which resulted in the deaths of 19 accused witches by hanging and 1 (Gills Cory) by a form of torture called peine forte et dure, or being pressed to death.

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  • Also, I shouted to my sister-in law, while I was in the bathroom shower and she was outside, "¿Has visto mi peine?", but left out the i.

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  • And of course, accused felons who refused to plead either guilty or not guilty would get some encouragement via peine forte et dure (which involved putting the accused under a board and weighing the board down with stones until the accused either agreed to enter a plea, or died).

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  • You might have to shop around for a good price, but "les chaises en valent certainement la peine" (= sure, the chairs are worthwhile).

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  • Ma terrasse d'à peine 10 mètres carrés s'ouvre sur un paysage qui m'enchante.

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  • Assimil's Francais sans peine and the New French With Ease CDs and/or cassettes give graduated conversations plus an exercise in each lesson.

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  • "Ça vaut la peine," * the women say, as they sort through boxes of bijoux de fantaisie.


  • Plusiers sont vieillies, mais Merriam-Webster, The American Heritage Dictionary, The Oxford English Dictionary (quand il (elle?) arrive) et même Wiktionary valent la peine.

    Unnatural ‘preternaturally’, naturally

  • The proceedings seemed to have come to a definite end so far as he was concerned; for one had only to look at that granite face to realize that no peine forte et dure would ever force him to plead against his will.



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