On penalty of
Penalty Pe"nal*ty, n.; pl. {Penalties}. [F. p['e]nalit['e]. See {Penal}.] 1. Penal retribution; punishment for crime or offense; the suffering in person or property which is annexed by law or judicial decision to the commission of a crime, offense, or trespass. [1913 Webster]

Death is the penalty imposed. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. The suffering, or the sum to be forfeited, to which a person subjects himself by covenant or agreement, in case of nonfulfillment of stipulations; forfeiture; fine. [1913 Webster]

The penalty and forfeit of my bond. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. A handicap. [Sporting Cant] [1913 Webster]

Note: The term penalty is in law mostly applied to a pecuniary punishment. [1913 Webster]

{Bill of pains and penalties}. See under {Bill}.

{On penalty of}, or {Under penalty of}, on pain of; with exposure to the penalty of, in case of transgression. [1913 Webster]


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  • on\ pain\ of — • on pain of • under pain of prep. formal At the risk of; under penalty of. The workers went on strike on pain of losing their jobs. The rebels had to swear under pain of death never to confess where their comrades were hiding …   Словарь американских идиом

  • on pain of — also[under pain of] {prep.}, {formal} At the risk of; under penalty of. * /The workers went on strike on pain of losing their jobs./ * /The rebels had to swear under pain of death never to confess where their comrades were hiding./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on pain of — also[under pain of] {prep.}, {formal} At the risk of; under penalty of. * /The workers went on strike on pain of losing their jobs./ * /The rebels had to swear under pain of death never to confess where their comrades were hiding./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on pain of — or under pain of phrasal subject to penalty or punishment of < made to leave the country on pain of death > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • Penalty — Pe nal*ty, n.; pl. {Penalties}. [F. p[ e]nalit[ e]. See {Penal}.] 1. Penal retribution; punishment for crime or offense; the suffering in person or property which is annexed by law or judicial decision to the commission of a crime, offense, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • on (or under) pain of — on penalty of. → pain …   English new terms dictionary

  • penalty — noun 1 punishment ADJECTIVE ▪ harsh, heavy, hefty, severe, stiff, strict, substantial, tough ▪ draconian …   Collocations dictionary

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