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From Middle English punischen, from Anglo-Norman, Old French puniss-, stem of some of the conjugated forms of punir, from Latin puniō, punīre (“to inflict punishment upon”), from poena (“punishment, penalty”); see pain.
- To cause to suffer for crime or misconduct, to administer disciplinary action.
- To cause great harm to. (a punishing blow)
- To dumb down severely or to the point of uselessness or near-uselessness.
- (to cause to suffer for crime or misconduct) castigate
to cause to suffer for crime or misconduct
to cause great harm to
to dumb down severely or to the point of uselessness or near-uselessness
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- punish in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- punish in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911