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Definition of Punish

Punish

  1. To deal with roughly or harshly; -- chiefly used with regard to a contest; as, our troops punished the enemy.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. To injure, as by beating; to pommel.

Punish Quotations

A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, who can punish himself into exhausting pace, and then at the end, punish himself even more.
Steve Prefontaine

It is not according to my mode of doing things, to bring a suit against a man that I have the power in my own hands to punish.
Cornelius Vanderbilt

To punish the oppressors of humanity is clemency; to forgive them is cruelty.
Maximilien Robespierre

Never, ever deal with terrorists. Hunt them down and, more important, mercilessly punish those states and groups that fund, arm, support, or simply allow their territories to be used by the terrorists with impunity.
Meir Kahane

When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers.
Oscar Wilde
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Punish Translations

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