- 1The infliction or imposition of a penalty as retribution for an offence: crime demands just punishmentMore example sentences
- Martin said this would bring the level of punishment in line with offences against police officers.
- Some of these decisions are applications of the requirement of proportionality of punishment to offence.
- Scandalising the court is a form of contempt that can lead to the imposition of punishment.
- 1.1A penalty inflicted as retribution for an offence: she assisted her husband to escape punishment for the crime [count noun]: he approved of stiff punishments for criminalsMore example sentences
- Now actually there's no mention at all in the report of punishments or penalties for those found guilty.
- Others say they just want stiff punishments handed down and an early end to the trials so they can get on with their lives.
- Some parents beat teachers for the physical punishments that their children suffered.
- 1.2 • informal Rough treatment or handling: your machine can take a fair amount of punishment before falling to bitsMore example sentences
battering, thrashing, beating, thumping, pounding, pummelling, hammering, buffeting, drubbingmaltreatment, mistreatment, ill treatment, abuse, ill use, rough handling, mishandling, manhandling; injury, damage, harm
- He took any amount of punishment and just got on with it after earning vital frees.
- It's also an animal that can absorb a tremendous amount of punishment before it dies.
- Given the amount of punishment the body takes these days, it is incredible if a player goes just one season without missing a game.
late Middle English: from Old French punissement, from the verb punir (see punish).