punishment

noun
ADJECTIVE
cruel, harsh, heavy, severe
unusual

the constitutional prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment

appropriate, fitting
capital
corporal, physical
collective
VERB + PUNISHMENT
administer, dish out (informal), dole out (informal), hand out, impose, inflict, mete out

It is unlawful for a teacher to inflict corporal punishment on students.

Harsh punishment is expected to be meted out to the murderer.

face, receive, suffer
accept, take

Take your punishment like a man.

avoid, escape
deserve
PREPOSITION
as punishment (for)

He had his privileges withdrawn as punishment for fighting with another prisoner.

punishment for

Punishments for killing the king's deer were severe.

PHRASES
crime and punishment

the sociology of crime and punishment

the punishment fits the crime

The victim's family do not believe that this punishment fits the crime.

reward and punishment

They use a system of reward and punishment to discipline their children.


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