punish

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English punischen, from Latin punire (to inflict punishment upon), from poena (punishment, penalty); see pain.

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punish (third-person singular simple present punishes, present participle punishing, simple past and past participle punished)

  1. To cause to suffer for crime or misconduct, to administer disciplinary action.
  2. To cause great harm to. (a punishing blow)
  3. To dumb down severely or to the point of uselessness or near-uselessness.

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  • (to cause to suffer for crime or misconduct) castigate

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