Bill of pains and penalties
pain pain (p[=a]n), n. [OE. peine, F. peine, fr. L. poena, penalty, punishment, torment, pain; akin to Gr. poinh` penalty. Cf. {Penal}, {Pine} to languish, {Punish}.] 1. Punishment suffered or denounced; suffering or evil inflicted as a punishment for crime, or connected with the commission of a crime; penalty. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

We will, by way of mulct or pain, lay it upon him. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

Interpose, on pain of my displeasure. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

None shall presume to fly, under pain of death. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

2. Any uneasy sensation in animal bodies, from slight uneasiness to extreme distress or torture, proceeding from a derangement of functions, disease, or injury by violence; bodily distress; bodily suffering; an ache; a smart. ``The pain of Jesus Christ.'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Note: Pain may occur in any part of the body where sensory nerves are distributed, and it is always due to some kind of stimulation of them. The sensation is generally interpreted as originating at the peripheral end of the nerve. [1913 Webster]

3. pl. Specifically, the throes or travail of childbirth. [1913 Webster]

She bowed herself and travailed, for her pains came upon her. --1 Sam. iv. 19. [1913 Webster]

4. Uneasiness of mind; mental distress; disquietude; anxiety; grief; solicitude; anguish. Also called {mental pain}. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster +PJC]

In rapture as in pain. --Keble. [1913 Webster]

5. See {Pains}, labor, effort. [1913 Webster]

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

{To die in the pain}, to be tortured to death. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]


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  • Bill of pains and penalties — Bill Bill, n. [OE. bill, bille, fr. LL. billa (or OF. bille), for L. bulla anything rounded, LL., seal, stamp, letter, edict, roll; cf. F. bille a ball, prob. fr. Ger.; cf. MHG. bickel, D. bikkel, dice. Cf. {Bull} papal edict, {Billet} a paper.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bill of pains and penalties — see bill 1 Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • Bill of pains and penalties — 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bill of pains and penalties — A form of legislative sentence for crime, in all respects identical with a bill of attainder, except that it prescribes the infliction of a punishment less than capital. Cummings v Missouri (US) 4 Wall 277, 18 L Ed 356. It is within the… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • bill of pains and penalties — Statutory provision for punishment without judicial determination of guilt similar to bill of attainder except that punishment is less severe. Prohibited by U.S.Const., Art. I, No. 9, cl. 3 (Congress), No. 10 (States) See also bill of attainder …   Black's law dictionary

  • bill of pains and penalties — Statutory provision for punishment without judicial determination of guilt similar to bill of attainder except that punishment is less severe. Prohibited by U.S.Const., Art. I, No. 9, cl. 3 (Congress), No. 10 (States) See also bill of attainder …   Black's law dictionary

  • bill of pains and penalties — a legislative act imposing upon those who have previously committed a certain designated act or acts punishment or disability by which the act was not punishable at the time of its commission compare ex post facto law …   Useful english dictionary

  • pains and penalties, bills of — The name given to acts of parliament to attaint particular persons of treason or felony, or to inflict pains and penalties beyond or contrary to the common law, to serve a special purpose. They are in fact new laws, made pro re nata. See also… …   Black's law dictionary

  • pains and penalties — See bill of pains and penalties …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Pains and Penalties Bill 1820 — The Pains and Penalties Bill 1820 was a bill introduced to the British Parliament in 1820, at the request of King George IV, who had ascended the throne on 29 January 1820, following the death of his father, King George III. The aim of the bill… …   Wikipedia

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