Definitions of punishment

  1. Any pain, suffering, or loss inflicted on a person because of a crime or offense. Newage Dictionary DB
  2. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  3. Pain, loss, or penalty, inflicted for a crime or fault; colloquially, rough treatment. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. Penalty inflicted for offence. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. Penalty; also, the act of punishing. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. Pain or suffering inflicted by authority on a person for crime. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. The infliction of suffering for a crime or fault; the suffering inflicted. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for punishment

  1. No, but there can be punishment here. – Mrs. Falchion, Complete by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 12, 2009
  2. No, my dear, I don't think so; I feel as if it was all a punishment upon me, and that I ought to have waited till he was quite well and strong. – The Story of Antony Grace by George Manville Fenn