Punish Pun"ish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Punished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Punishing}.] [OE. punischen, F. punir, from L. punire, punitum, akin to poena punishment, penalty. See {Pain}, and {-ish}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

A greater power Now ruled him, punished in the shape he sinned. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [1913 Webster]

3. To injure, as by beating; to pommel. [Low] [1913 Webster]

4. To deal with roughly or harshly; -- chiefly used with regard to a contest; as, our troops punished the enemy. [Colloq. or Slang] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

Syn: To chastise; castigate; scourge; whip; lash; correct; discipline. See {Chasten}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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