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English definition of “punishment”


noun [C, U]     /ˈpʌnɪʃmənt/
B2 something that is done to punish someone: He had to stay in his bedroom as a punishment for fighting . → See also capital punishment, corporal punishment, be a glutton for punishmentPunishing and punishmentsPunishing by causing painHitting and beating
(Definition of punishment noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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