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American English: /ˈpɛn(ə)lti/
British English: /ˈpɛn(ə)lti/

Translation of penalty in Spanish:

noun plural -ties

  • 1 1.1 (punishment) the penalty for disobedience is death
    la desobediencia está penada con la muerte
    on penalty of death o of their lives
    bajo or so pena de muerte
    to pay the penalty
    pagar las consecuencias
    the doctor paid the full penalty for his negligence
    el médico pagó cara su negligencia
    penalty for improper use: $50
    multa por uso indebido: $50
    (before noun) penalty clause
    cláusula (feminine) penal or punitiva
    penalty interest
    interés (masculine) penal or de recargo
    Example sentences
    • Even if he does, the maximum penalty for breaking the rules is a fine of $2,000 per violation.
    • Causing death by careless driving while under the influence of drink or drugs carries maximum penalties of ten years in prison, an unlimited fine and a minimum two-year driving ban.
    • The charges carry a maximum penalty of five life sentences.
    1.2 (disadvantage) See examples: one of the penalties of fame
    parte del precio que hay que pagar por ser famoso
  • 2 2.1 (Games)you have to pay a penalty
    hay que pagar una prenda
    we were given a five-point penalty for the wrong answer
    perdimos or nos restaron cinco puntos por contestar mal
    (before noun) penalty point
    punto (masculine) en contra
    2.2 (Sport) (in rugby)
    (in US football)
    penalty (kick) (in soccer) to take a penalty
    cobrar un penalty ( or penalti etc)
    Example sentences
    • A breach of the rule will result in the opponents being awarded a penalty corner.
    • The visitors were awarded a penalty, which they kicked into the corner.
    • Three of their tries came from line-outs following penalties kicked into the corner and two more following forward drives.
    Example sentences
    • Kimi's third place reflects his poor starting position resulting from a penalty he suffered following an engine change on Saturday.
    • But he admits they are now paying the penalty for running with a small squad.
    • This ultimately destroys the very reason for Jesus' redemptive work on the Cross - paying the penalty of death for our sin.
    Example sentences
    • If they win one trick each, or only one or zero tricks in total, both defenders pay the penalty.
    • Playing is a commitment to win at least one trick, and there is a penalty for failing to do so.
    • Next, if declarer has taken fewer than 6 tricks he pays a penalty of 20 units to the pot.

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