Punishment
Punishment Pun"ish*ment, n. 1. The act of punishing. [1913 Webster]

2. Any pain, suffering, or loss inflicted on a person because of a crime or offense. [1913 Webster]

I never gave them condign punishment. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The rewards and punishments of another life. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

3. (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. [1913 Webster]

4. Severe, rough, or disastrous treatment. [Colloq. or Slang] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]


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