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English definition of “punishment”

punishment

noun [C or U] (CRIME)    /ˈpʌn.ɪʃ.mənt/
B2 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
(Definition of punishment noun (CRIME) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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