Definitions of punishment

  1. Severe, rough, or disastrous treatment. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. The act of punishing. Newage Dictionary DB
  3. Any pain, suffering, or loss inflicted on a person because of a crime or offense. Newage Dictionary DB
  4. 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
  5. The application of an unpleasant stimulus or penalty for the purpose of eliminating or correcting undesirable behavior. Medical Dictionary DB
  6. 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.
  7. Loss or pain inflicted for a crime or fault. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. Penalty inflicted for offence. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. Penalty; also, the act of punishing. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. In criminal law, Any pain, penalty, suffering, or confinement inflicted upon a person by the authority of the law and the judgment and sentence of a court, for some crime or offense committed by him, or for his omission of a duty enjoined by law. See Cummings v. Missouri, 4 Wall. 320, 18 L. Ed. 356; Featherstone v. People, 194 111. 325, 02 N. E. 084; Ex parte Howe, 20 Or. 181, 37 Pac. 530; State v. Grant, 79 Mo. 129, 49 Am. Rep. 218.TLD Example: Those favoring reform of the criminal justice system want criminal sentences to focus more on rehabilitation and less on punishment. thelawdictionary.org
  13. The New Testament lays down the general principles of good government, but contains no code of laws for the punishment of offenders. Punishment proceeds on the principle that there is an eternal distinction between right and wrong, and that this distinction must be maintained for its own sake. It is not primarily intended for the reformation of criminals, nor for the purpose of deterring others from sin. These results may be gained, but crime in itself demands punishment. (See MURDER; THEFT .) Endless, of the impenitent and unbelieving. The rejection of this doctrine "cuts the ground from under the gospel...blots out the attribute of retributive justice; transmutes sin into misfortune instead of guilt; turns all suffering into chastisement; converts the piacular work of Christ into moral influence...The attempt to retain the evangelical theology in connection with it is futile" (Shedd). biblestudytools.com
  14. n. Act of punishing ; chastisement ; correction ;- pain, sufferings inflicted with a view to reform the offender, or deter others from offence or crime. Capital punishment, death. Cabinet Dictionary