1. impose a penalty on; inflict punishment on;
- Example: "The students were penalized for showing up late for class"
- Example: "we had to punish the dog for soiling the floor again"
[syn: punish, penalize, penalise]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Punish \Pun"ish\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Punished; p. pr. & vb. n. Punishing.] [OE. punischen, F. punir, from L. punire, punitum, akin to poena punishment, penalty. See Pain, and -ish.] 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. [1913 Webster] A greater power Now ruled him, punished in the shape he sinned. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To inflict a penalty for (an offense) upon the offender; to repay, as a fault, crime, etc., with pain or loss; as, to punish murder or treason with death. [1913 Webster] 3. To injure, as by beating; to pommel. [Low] [1913 Webster] 4. To deal with roughly or harshly; -- chiefly used with regard to a contest; as, our troops punished the enemy. [Colloq. or Slang] [Webster 1913 Suppl.] Syn: To chastise; castigate; scourge; whip; lash; correct; discipline. See Chasten. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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