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punish

verb amerce, bring to retribution, call to account, castigate, chasten, chastise, condemn, correct, discipline, exact retribution, flog, inflict penalty, lash, penalize, reprimand, retaliate, scourge, sentence, slate, smite, subject to penalty, take to task, take vengeance on, teach a lesson to, torture, trounce, whip
Associated concepts: cruel and excessive punishment, cruel and inhuman punishment, cruel and unusual punishment, excessive punishment
Foreign phrases: In quo quis delinquit, in eo de jure est puniendus.In whatever the offense, he is to be punished by the law.
See also: beat, convict, fine, inflict, mulct, penalize, repay, reprehend, strike
References in classic literature ?
The government too of Epidamnus was changed from a quarrel that arose from an intended marriage; for a certain man having contracted his daughter in marriage, the father of the young person to whom she was contracted, being archon, punishes him, upon which account he, resenting the affront, associated himself with those who were excluded from any share in the government, and brought about a revolution.
If there is a God after all and he punishes me because I honestly don't believe in Him I can't help it.
The field marshal is angry with the Emperor and he punishes us all, isn't it logical?
When a democracy which is thirsting for freedom has evil cupbearers presiding over the feast, and has drunk too deeply of the strong wine of freedom, then, unless her rulers are very amenable and give a plentiful draught, she calls them to account and punishes them, and says that they are cursed oligarchs.
On the other hand, nature punishes any neglect of prudence.