• WordNet 3.6
    • n punishment the act of punishing
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Appius Claudius punished by the People Appius Claudius punished by the People

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the 1800s, the Chinese believed that strangling a man was less sever a punishment than beheading because the body would not be permanently disfigured.
    • Punishment (Law) A penalty inflicted by a court of justice on a convicted offender as a just retribution, and incidentally for the purposes of reformation and prevention.
    • Punishment Any pain, suffering, or loss inflicted on a person because of a crime or offense. "I never gave them condign punishment .""The rewards and punishments of another life."
    • Punishment Severe, rough, or disastrous treatment.
    • Punishment The act of punishing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Swearing at someone over the phone in virginia is punishable by a $100 fine.
    • n punishment The act of punishing; the infliction of pain or chastisement.
    • n punishment Pain, suffering, loss, confinement, or other penalty inflicted on a person for a crime or offense, by the authority to which the offender is subject; a penalty imposed in the enforcement or application of law.
    • n punishment Pain or injury inflicted, in a general sense; especially, in colloquial use, the pain inflicted by one pugilist on another in a prize-fight.
    • n punishment Synonyms Chastisement, correction, discipline. See chastise.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Texas was one of the first states to adopt capital punishment by lethal injection -in 1977.
    • Punishment act or process of punishing: loss or pain inflicted for a crime or fault: the consequences of a broken law
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  • George Bernard Shaw
    “The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.”
  • The Talmud
    The Talmud
    “This is the punishment of a liar: he is not believed, even when he speaks the truth.”
  • Hannah More
    “Going to the opera, like getting drunk, is a sin that carries its own punishment with it.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers.”
  • St. Augustine
    “Punishment is justice for the unjust.”
  • Michel Foucault
    “In its function, the power to punish is not essentially different from that of curing or educating.”


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.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. punir, punis-sant—L. punīre, to punish—pœna, penalty.


In literature:

Corporal punishment, however necessary and desirable for some dispositions, always produced on Eric the worst effects.
"Eric" by Frederic William Farrar
There has been, too, no punishment for him, and no probability of punishment.
"Mr. Scarborough's Family" by Anthony Trollope
In the recent wars with the English the mandarins or soldiers would sometimes run away, and then commit suicide to avoid punishment.
"Ten Great Religions" by James Freeman Clarke
Them you must punish, or this faith you must preserve.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. II. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Wicked one, you will soon receive punishment in full.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 2 (of 12)" by Various
She immediately sent an army into the country of the Drevliens, and punished with terrible severity the murderers of her husband.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
All infringements upon the rules of the class are punished by fines.
"Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official" by William Sleeman
They bound themselves, also, to punish the enemies of the Romish church, and suppress heresy.
"The Lancashire Witches" by William Harrison Ainsworth
I remit any punishments, however justly imposed.
"A Friend of Caesar" by William Stearns Davis
He was punished, Harry.
"The Claverings" by Anthony Trollope
The Fall and Punishment.
"The Bible Period by Period" by Josiah Blake Tidwell
It cannot be called punishment since punishment is immanent.
"Edward Caldwell Moore" by Edward Moore
In proportion as the probability of being punished is augmented, the severity of punishment can be safely diminished.
"Crime and Its Causes" by William Douglas Morrison
Moreover, the robber birds were growing too bold, and there was no one to rule and punish them.
"The Curious Book of Birds" by Abbie Farwell Brown
In some places they have given the enemy terrible punishment already.
"The Deluge, Vol. II. (of 2)" by Henryk Sienkiewicz
One day I saw a prisoner, who had undergone his punishment, take leave of his comrades.
"The House of the Dead or Prison Life in Siberia" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The penalty for selfish indulgence was stern persecution, punishment, perhaps death; in any case, expulsion from the community.
"Morals and the Evolution of Man" by Max Simon Nordau
A guilty person must bear his own punishment in some way.
"Fetichism in West Africa" by Robert Hamill Nassau
It was probably the only way to inflict punishment on the Afridis.
"The Inhabitants of the Philippines" by Frederic H. Sawyer
No matter how capricious and unnecessary the command, he must "mind," or be punished for not "minding.
"Concerning Children" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

In poetry:

Punish the wicked, equal to his crime,
Nor ever let him uncorrected go;
Lest others shou'd transgress another time,
Because thou mercy unto him didst show.
"Advice To Ev'ry Master Of A Family, To Govern His House In A Religious Manner" by Rees Prichard
It was thy love on me this sickness brought,
(I see it now most evidently clear.)
To punish me for every secret fault,
And rouse me up to penitence sincere.
"Another On The Same Subject " by Rees Prichard
For JOHN was on duty next day with the Force,
To punish all Epsom crimes;
Young people WILL cross when they're clearing the course
(I do it myself, sometimes).
"Emily, John, James, and I" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Now to the fiend those needy folks complain,
And at his hands my punishment implore,
Because I us'd their wages to detain,
And ruin'd such a number of the poor.
"The Complaint And The Advice Of Dives, To His Five Brethren (Part 1)" by Rees Prichard
Though hand in hand the wicked join,
"They shall be punished," saith the Lord.
Although like floods their strength combined,
They cannot stay the scourging cord.
"The Black Man's Wrongs" by James Madison Bell
Christ unawares will to the drunkard come,
To punish him for his unseemly crime,
And him to hell's infernal dungeon doom,
To gnash his teeth beyond the end of time.
"Advice To The Drunkard" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Khamenei calls for punishment of "Innocence" makers on his website by the US government.
NCAA reveals Penn St punishment.
Coach Mike London said the NCAA issued a strong punishment against Penn State.
Are the right people being punished.
You're 40 times more likely to get parking penalty than be punished by your council for dropping litter.
Bobo Brazil News Archive from Capitol Punishment.
The Frenship and Lubbock-Cooper independent school districts no longer use corporal punishment at their school campuses.
Corporal punishment is still used sparingly by some school districts.
The move could signal that views on corporal punishment of kids are changing – even in the South.
One South Carolina educator used corporal punishment to turn around his struggling elementary school.
Should kids be punished for bad grades.
Crime and punishment in America.
He is still punishing you — by proxy.
The guys in Godwin Falcon craft punishing songs fit for a post-apocalyptic snuff film.
The jury deliberated less than 15 minutes on punishment.

In science:

Since randomized response requires much larger samples than direct question designs and the BIC punishes for sample size, we feel that the BIC might be too conservative.
Accounting for self-protective responses in randomized response data from a social security survey using the zero-inflated Poisson model
This means that H (k) clockprop1 fulfills its job in punishing the legal states of the clock register (4.55), which do not correctly propagate the clock.
Local Hamiltonians in Quantum Computation
However, the new objective punishes edges with total flow exceeding C ∗ − δ .
Randomized Rounding for Routing and Covering Problems: Experiments and Improvements
There the difference with ΛCDM is much smaller, although the void profiles are still punished for their extra parameters, since the number of degrees of freedom used for the p-value calculation is Ndof = Ndata points −Nfree parameters .
Testing the Void against Cosmological data: fitting CMB, BAO, SN and H0
Theorem 6, for punishment one can use non-randomized stopping times.
Equilibrium in Two-Player Non-Zero-Sum Dynkin Games in Continuous Time
The efficient interaction of indirect reciprocity and costly punishment.
Strategy abundance in evolutionary many-player games with multiple strategies
One-party control is described elsewhere as necessary to avoid gridlock, and better still because in its absence voters have difficulty behaving responsibly in rewarding positive performance and punishing failure.
Some Quantum-Like Features of Mass Politics in Two-Party Systems
If an active warden drops all delayed packets, then it will potentially drop packets that still can be useful for voice reconstruction. In effect, the quality of conversation may deteriorate considerably. Moreover, not only steganographic calls are affected; non-steganographic calls are also “punished”.
Lost Audio Packets Steganography: The First Practical Evaluation
To adapt, agents use a simple learning mechanism to reinforce (punish) behaviors and network links that produce favorable (unfavorable) outcomes.
Replicator Dynamics of Co-Evolving Networks
Which state is punishing or rewarding follows a fixed random path through this state space.
An Approximation of the Universal Intelligence Measure
Figure 11 shows the Dzugutov (DZ) pair potential , which was originally suggested as a model potential impeding crystallization by energetically punishing particle separations corresponding to the next-nearest neighbor distance of a face-centered cubic lattice.
What constitutes a simple liquid?
Boyd R, Gintis H, Bowles S (2010) Coordinated punishment of defectors sustains cooperation and can proliferate when rare.
Altruism can proliferate through group/kin selection despite high random gene flow
Because Term II punishes configurations for which φx varies quickly, the conclusions of the spin wave computation are still valid.
Random Field Induced Order in Low Dimension I
If some individual in a clique fails to provide a favor when asked, then all of the other individuals in the clique collectively punish the agent by not providing favors in exchange.
Tractable and Consistent Random Graph Models
Students are punished in proportion to their confidence in the wrong answer.
Statistical Mechanical Analysis of the Dynamics of Learning in Perceptrons