[puhn-ish] /ˈpʌn ɪʃ/
verb (used with object)
to subject to pain, loss, confinement, death, etc., as a penalty for some offense, transgression, or fault:
to punish a criminal.
to inflict a penalty for (an offense, fault, etc.):
to punish theft.
to handle severely or roughly, as in a fight.
to put to painful exertion, as a horse in racing.
Informal. to make a heavy inroad on; deplete:
to punish a quart of whiskey.
verb (used without object)
to inflict .
to force (someone) to undergo a penalty or sanction, such as imprisonment, fines, death, etc, for some crime or misdemeanour
(transitive) to inflict punishment for (some crime, etc)
(transitive) to use or treat harshly or roughly, esp as by overexertion: to punish a horse
(transitive) (informal) to consume (some commodity) in large quantities: to punish the bottle
mid-14c., agent noun from punish (v.).
c.1300, from Old French puniss-, extended present participle stem of punir “to punish,” from Latin punire “punish, correct, chastise; take vengeance for; inflict a penalty on, cause pain for some offense,” earlier poenire, from poena “penalty, punishment” (see penal). Colloquial meaning “to inflict heavy damage or loss” is first recorded 1801, originally in boxing. Related: Punished; punishing.
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