To deal with roughly or harshly; -- chiefly used with regard to a contest; as, our troops punished the enemy.
To impose a penalty upon; to afflict with pain, loss, or suffering for a crime or fault, either with or without a view to the offender's amendment; to cause to suffer in retribution; to chasten; as, to punish traitors with death; a father punishes his child for willful disobedience.
To inflict a penalty for (an offense) upon the offender; to repay, as a fault, crime, etc., with pain or loss; as, to punish murder or treason with death.
Typically, if you reward something, you get more of it. You punish something, you get less of it. And our businesses have been built for the last 150 years very much on that kind of motivational scheme. Daniel H. Pink
If he who employs coercion against me could mould me to his purposes by argument, no doubt he would. He pretends to punish me because his argument is strong; but he really punishes me because his argument is weak. William Godwin
punish in Danish is straffe
punish in Dutch is bestraffen, straffen
punish in Finnish is rangaista
punish in French is punissent, punir, punissons, punis, punissez
punish in German is bestrafe, strafen, strafen, bestrafen
punish in Italian is castigare, punire
punish in Latin is macto, vindico, muto
punish in Portuguese is puna
punish in Spanish is penar, castigar
punish in Swedish is bestraffa, straffa
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