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punishment

noun uk   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 where severe punishment seems to work as a deterrent.
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punishment noun (BAD TREATMENT)

[U] rough treatment: These trucks are designed to take a lot of punishment.
Translations of “punishment”
in Korean 처벌, 형벌…
in Arabic عِقاب…
in Portuguese pena, punição, castigo…
in Catalan càstig…
in Japanese 罰, 刑罰, おしおき…
in Italian punizione…
in Chinese (Traditional) 罪行, 懲罰,處罰, 受罰…
in Russian наказание…
in Turkish ceza, cezalandırma…
in Chinese (Simplified) 罪行, 惩罚,处罚, 受罚…
in Polish kara…
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