Pun"ish*ment(?), n. 1. The act of punishing.
2. Any pain, suffering, or loss inflicted on a person because of a crime or offense.
I never gave them condign punishment.Shak.
The rewards and punishments of another life.Locke.
(Law) A penalty inflicted by a court of justice on a convicted offender as a just retribution, and incidentally for the purposes of reformation and prevention.
4. Severe, rough, or disastrous treatment.
[Colloq. or Slang]
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
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