• WordNet 3.6
    • adj punishing characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort "worked their arduous way up the mining valley","a grueling campaign","hard labor","heavy work","heavy going","spent many laborious hours on the project","set a punishing pace"
    • adj punishing resulting in punishment "the king imposed a punishing tax"
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Appius Claudius punished by the People Appius Claudius punished by the People


  • Buddha
    “You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.”
  • Dorothy Dix
    Dorothy Dix
    “Confession is always weakness. The grave soul keeps its own secrets, and takes its own punishment in silence.”
  • Dean William R. Inge
    “There are no rewards or punishments -- only consequences.”
  • Robert Green Ingersoll
    “In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are only consequences.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Crime and punishment grow out of one stem. Punishment is a fruit that, unsuspected, ripens with the flower of the pleasure that concealed it.”
  • Oliver Goldsmith
    “Crime generally punishes itself.”


Glutton for punishment - If a person is described as a glutton for punishment, the happily accept jobs and tasks that most people would try to get out of. A glutton is a person who eats a lot.


In literature:

I do not recall the actual words, but I was told that it was something to do with crime and punishment.
"Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons" by Henry Charles Mahoney
Capital punishment; its abolition.
"Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Debate Index" by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Prudence will punish you.
"Prudence of the Parsonage" by Ethel Hueston
I cannot believe God punishes people eternally; for if He is good, He could not be so cruel.
"John Ward, Preacher" by Margaret Deland
Another form of punishment used in those days was the stocks, such as those used in early times in England.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Should not the judge say to himself: "I should not dare punish at Ragusa what I punish at Loretto"?
"Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary" by Voltaire
Often the threat of punishment does more to quiet a country than punishment itself.
"The Letters of Cassiodorus" by Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
If they are discovered, they are punished not only with whipping, but with hunger.
"Ideal Commonwealths" by Various
Take my life, I beg you, as a punishment for my failure.
"A Chinese Wonder Book" by Norman Hinsdale Pitman
It is unquestionably true that the average child to-day is less often and less severely punished than the child of the past.
"Heart and Soul" by Victor Mapes (AKA Maveric Post)

In poetry:

I've oft been told by learned friars,
That wishing and the crime are one,
And Heaven punishes desires
As much as if the deed were done.
"An Argument" by Thomas Moore
It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
"Unconquerable" by William Ernest Henley
If wishing damns us, you and I
Are damned to all our heart's content;
Come, then, at least we may enjoy
Some pleasure for our punishment!
"An Argument" by Thomas Moore
Saul hated the people who believed
In Jesus.
Saul imprisoned the people who believed
In Jesus.
Saul punished the people who believe
In Jesus.
"Saul Is Struck Blind" by Doris Clore Demaree
If, warn'd by England's sore distress,
Wales will no penitence express,
Some plague, or punishments severe,
Will on her coasts descend, I fear.
"Another On The Same Occasion" by Rees Prichard
Or was it all wrong? Will he punish
Our lips if we make them the home
Of the words of the great, high Archangel
That won Him to sinners to come.
"The Immaculate Conception" by Abram Joseph Ryan

In news:

Hiking capital gains tax punishes rich.
South Sudan Urged by Rights Groups to Abolish Capital Punishment .
Exhibit A for keeping capital punishment .
Capital punishment -- the Manson test.
Plea bargains and capital punishment .
Capital Punishment in China.
Innocence and the end of capital punishment .
TODAY'S QUESTION: What should Missouri do about its capital punishment problem.
The law allowing corporal punishment has been on the books for years.
Pierz punishes HLWW with relentless ground attack .
A choked up Mark Anzaldua begged a jury to be fair when deciding his punishment.
"When a person is put in handcuffs it's for their safety, it's not a punishment," say police.
Punishment handed down to state Capitol protesters.
CAPE GIRARDEAU — Members of the Southeast Missouri State University football team will perform community service as punishment for an April hazing incident.
Bloomberg signs bill to punish cabbies who knowingly participate in sex trafficking.

In science:

The former because they are punished and the latter because they do not take advantage of the common good.
Stochastic evolutionary game dynamics
However, cooperators obtain the same payoff as punishers and can take over through neutral drift with probability 1 N .
Stochastic evolutionary game dynamics
Eq. (1.88)) and only depends on the population size N because of the neutral transitions between cooperators and punishers.
Stochastic evolutionary game dynamics
Thus, for large N , the system spends almost all the time in the punisher state.
Stochastic evolutionary game dynamics
The reason is that the transition leading away from the punisher state is neutral and thus very slow compared to all other transitions.
Stochastic evolutionary game dynamics