• WordNet 3.6
    • v punish impose a penalty on; inflict punishment on "The students were penalized for showing up late for class","we had to punish the dog for soiling the floor again"
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Appius Claudius punished by the People Appius Claudius punished by the People

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Swearing at someone over the phone in virginia is punishable by a $100 fine.
    • Punish To deal with roughly or harshly; -- chiefly used with regard to a contest; as, our troops punished the enemy.
    • Punish To impose a penalty upon; to afflict with pain, loss, or suffering for a crime or fault, either with or without a view to the offender's amendment; to cause to suffer in retribution; to chasten; as, to punish traitors with death; a father punishes his child for willful disobedience. "A greater power
      Now ruled him, punished in the shape he sinned."
    • Punish To inflict a penalty for (an offense) upon the offender; to repay, as a fault, crime, etc., with pain or loss; as, to punish murder or treason with death.
    • Punish To injure, as by beating; to pommel.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first anti-lynching law in the United States was passed in Georgia in 1893, but it only made the violation punishable by four years in prison. (11-1-04)
    • punish To inflict a penalty on; visit judicially with pain, loss, confinement, death, or other penalty; castigate; chastise.
    • punish To reward or visit with pain or suffering inflicted on the offender: applied to the crime or offense: as, to punish murder or theft.
    • punish To handle severely: as, to punish an opponent in a boxing-match or a pitcher in a baseball game; to punish (that is, to-stimulate by whip or spur) a horse in running a race.
    • punish To make a considerable inroad on; make away with a good quantity of.
    • punish Synonyms Chasten, etc. (see chastise), scourge, whip, lash, correct, discipline.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first country to abolish capital punishment was Austria in 1787.
    • v.t Punish pun′ish to cause to pay a penalty: to cause loss or pain to a person for a fault or crime: :
    • v.t Punish pun′ish (coll.) to handle or beat severely, maul
    • v.t Punish pun′ish (coll.) to consume a large quantity of: to chasten
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  • Buddha
    “You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.”
  • Francis Quarles
    “Wickedness is its own punishment.”
  • Tyrius Maximus
    Tyrius Maximus
    “Choose rather to punish your appetites than be punished by them.”
  • Robert Green Ingersoll
    “Happiness is not a reward -- it is a consequence. Suffering is not a punishment -- it is a result.”
  • John Ray
    John Ray
    “Many without punishment, none without sin.”
  • Seneca
    “The first and greatest punishment of the sinner is the conscience of sin.”


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.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. punischen, F. punir, from L. punire, punitum, akin to poena, punishment, penalty. See Pain, and -ish
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. punir, punis-sant—L. punīre, to punish—pœna, penalty.


In literature:

He is manifestly the type of Justice, both punishing and rewarding; as punisher he has been transferred by Dante to the Inferno.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
Do not imagine you can escape the punishment he is preparing for you.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
I am justly punished.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
The punishment of death was also pronounced against all persons who should be discovered attending such meetings.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
Can it really be that the man is being punished here on earth because he will not believe?
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
Dreadful shall be the punishment meted to her audacity, when my horse overtakes her in her flight!
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
After all he did wish to punish her and to see her punishment.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
There should be no corporal punishment, as punishment administered to slaves is not suitable for children who are to be citizens.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley
Thus in the present instance, Cain feels his punishment, but he grieves more for his punishment than for his sin.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
Such bad conduct must be punished, or we would leave their island by the first opportunity.
"The Story of John G. Paton" by James Paton

In poetry:

Ah, me! does He blame my own mother,
Who taught me, a child, at her knee,
To say, with "Our Father", "Hail Mary"?
If 'tis wrong, my Christ! punish but me.
"The Immaculate Conception" by Abram Joseph Ryan
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
V. But if the first Eve
Hard doom did receive,
When only one apple had she,
What a punishment new
Shall be found out for you, Who tasting, have robb'd the whole tree?
"To Lady Mary Wortley Montagu" by Alexander Pope
Some people do say that God made strong drink,
But he is not so cruel I think;
To lay a stumbling block in his children's way,
And then punish them for going astray.
"A New Temperance Poem, in Memory of My Departed Parents" by William Topaz McGonagall
Its utter patience will not try
To stop us if we want to die;
If we escape it in a car,
If we forget It in a bar,
These are the ways we're punished by
The Hidden Law.
"The Hidden Law" by W H Auden
O God! I have deserv'd — I freely own,
Long since, a punishment much more severe;
This ail was therefore justly on me thrown,
Which from thy hand, Almighty Lord! I bear.
"A Prayer For A Sick Person" by Rees Prichard

In news:

How much discretion in punishing contractors should agencies have.
Some parents, however, protested that deferring gifted education until first grade will punish bright children.
Failure to Regulate Weak Laws Let Deficient Facilities Stay Open Demand for Assisted Living Care Pushes Virginia to Emphasize Improvement, Not Punishment.
Derelict deputies are fired, punished.
Therefore, prison is never an effective punishment for youth.
YouTubeThe Punisher full length movie came out in 2004, but Punisher fans have been wanting more since then.
Pat Robertson said the Haiti earthquake was God's punishment for Haitian slaves' 'pact with the devil' to win freedom from France.
The exec producer breaks down the events in "Sick," which revealed what happened after Hershel's leg amputation as well as Rick continue to punish Lori over her role in Shane's death.
Don't Punish Kids for Smoking Pot.
A VOLATILE stock market was particularly punishing to big growth stocks and value issues in the third quarter, while many small stocks and overseas investments fared better.
A Crestview man was arrested Tuesday on charges he used a dog shock collar to punish an 8-year-old and a 4-year-old girl.
When it comes to punishing your kids, where do you draw the line .
Democrat Loni Hancock called capital punishment "an expensive failure" that she says "is not helping to protect our state.
The league is also mulling a proposal to give James E Delany, its commissioner, more power to punish wayward programs, including firing coaches himself.
At most, though, I can't imagine a school punishing students more than barring them from extra-curricular participation.

In science:

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
The punisher state is the only pure Nash equilibrium, but it is not a strict Nash equilibrium, as cooperators are equally well off.
Stochastic evolutionary game dynamics
Interestingly, punishment emerges only if the participation in Public Goods Games is voluntary.
Stochastic evolutionary game dynamics