Meaning of “punishment” in the English Dictionary

"punishment" in British English

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punishmentnoun

uk /ˈpʌn.ɪʃ.mənt/ us /ˈpʌn.ɪʃ.mənt/

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 in which severe punishment seems to work as a deterrent.

More examples

  • He advocates the return of capital punishment.
  • I hope they get the punishment they deserve.
  • We thought the punishment was rather harsh for such a minor offence.
  • The severity of the punishment should match the seriousness of the crime.
  • Obviously what she did was wrong, but I don't think it warranted quite such severe punishment.

(Definition of “punishment” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)