punishment

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From the Anglo-Norman punisceement, punisement, punishement, punissement, punisshement and the Middle French punissement, from the Old French pugnissement, from puniss- (the long stem (see the French -iss-) of punir (to punish)) + -ment (see the English -ment). Compare the English nouns punishing and punition.

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punishment (plural punishments)

  1. The act or process of punishing, imposing and/or applying a sanction.
  2. A penalty to punish wrongdoing, especially for crime.
  3. A suffering by pain or loss imposed as retribution
  4. (figuratively) Any treatment or experience so harsh it feels like being punished; rough handling
    a vehicle that can take a lot of punishment

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