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English definition of “punishment”

punishment

noun uk   /ˈpʌn.ɪʃ.mənt/ us  

punishment noun (CRIME)

B2 [C or U] the act of punishing someone: Many people think that the death penalty is too severe a punishment for any crime.formal It was always our father who administered/meted out punishments. Drink-driving is one case where severe punishment seems to work as a deterrent.Punishing and punishmentsPunishing by causing painHitting and beating

punishment noun (BAD TREATMENT)

[U] rough treatment: These trucks are designed to take a lot of punishment.Damaging and spoilingDestroying and demolishing
(Definition of punishment from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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