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punishment

noun
     
Related topics: Jail and punishment
pun‧ish‧ment W3
1 [uncountable and countable] something that is done in order to punish someone, or the act of punishing them [↪ punitive]:
The Court decides what punishment to impose.
punishment for
the punishment for treason
punishment by
punishment by whipping
as (a) punishment
I was sent to bed as a punishment.
The gunmen will not escape punishment.
harsh/severe punishment
He got a six-year jail sentence, a harsh punishment for a first offense.
2 [uncountable] informal rough physical treatment:
tough plants that can take any amount of punishment

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