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Synonyms of punish in English:


  • 1 some parents punish their children harder than they should
    British informal drop on, give someone what for
    North American informal tear down
    dated chastise
    archaic chasten, recompense, visit
    [Antonyms] pardon, exonerate
  • 2 Boro's in-form strikers will be quick to punish any mistakes by United's defence
    exploit, take advantage of, put to advantage, use, make use of, turn to (one's) account, profit by/from, capitalize on, cash in on, trade on
    informal walk all over
  • 3 a new rise in prescription charges would punish the poor
    treat harshly/unfairly, be unfair to, unfairly disadvantage, put at an unfair disadvantage, put in an unfavourable position, handicap, do a disservice to, make someone suffer, hurt, wrong, ill-use, maltreat
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