Punishment is the penalty you have to pay when you're caught doing something bad. A teenager's punishment for missing her curfew might be helping her dad clean the garage.

When someone is officially penalized for a mistake or a crime, that's punishment. Stealing a car could result in a punishment involving jail, while pinching your little sister might mean a punishment as mild as sitting in a chair and thinking about ways to be nicer next time. The Latin root of punishment and its related verb, punish, is punire, "punish, correct, take vengeance for, or cause pain for some offense."

Definitions of punishment

n the act of punishing

penalisation, penalization, penalty, sanction
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castigation, chastisement
verbal punishment
corporal punishment
the infliction of physical injury on someone convicted of committing a crime
cruel and unusual punishment
punishment prohibited by the 8th amendment to the U.S. Constitution; includes torture or degradation or punishment too severe for the crime committed
a punishment in which a student must stay at school after others have gone home
correction, discipline
the act of punishing
economic strangulation
punishment of a group by cutting off commercial dealings with them
putting someone in prison or in jail as lawful punishment
medicine, music
punishment for one's actions
punishment inflicted on yourself
threat of a penalty
penance, self-abasement, self-mortification
voluntary self-punishment in order to atone for some wrongdoing
beating, drubbing, lacing, licking, thrashing, trouncing, whacking
the act of inflicting corporal punishment with repeated blows
self-punishment inflicted by whipping
the act of slapping on the buttocks
electric shock
the use of electricity to administer punishment or torture
capital punishment, death penalty, executing, execution
putting a condemned person to death
gantlet, gauntlet
a form of punishment in which a person is forced to run between two lines of men facing each other and armed with clubs or whips to beat the victim
kick in the butt
punishment inflicted by kicking the victim in the behind
lapidation, stoning
the act of pelting with stones; punishment inflicted by throwing stones at the victim (even unto death)
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social control
control exerted (actively or passively) by group action

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