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Synonyms for punish
ˈpʌn ɪʃ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. punish, penalize, penalise(verb)

    impose a penalty on; inflict punishment on

    "The students were penalized for showing up late for class"; "we had to punish the dog for soiling the floor again"

    Synonyms:
    penalize, penalise

Wiktionary

  1. punish(verb)

    To cause to suffer for crime or misconduct, to administer disciplinary action.

    Synonyms:
    castigate

  2. punish(verb)

    To cause great harm to. (a punishing blow)

    Synonyms:
    castigate

  3. punish(verb)

    To dumb down severely or to the point of uselessness or near-uselessness.

    Synonyms:
    castigate

  4. punish(verb)

    Synonyms:
    castigate

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. punish

    Avenge and revenge, once close synonyms, are now far apart in meaning. To avenge is to visit some offense with punishment, in order to vindicate the righteous, or to uphold and illustrate the right by the suffering or destruction of the wicked. "And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian," Acts vii, 24. To revenge is to inflict harm or suffering upon another through personal anger and resentment at something done to ourselves. Avenge is unselfish; revenge is selfish. Revenge, according to present usage, could not be said of God. To retaliate may be necessary for self-defense, without the idea of revenge. Compare REVENGE.

    Synonyms:
    avenge, retaliate, revenge, vindicate, visit

    Preposition:
    Avenge on or upon (rarely, avenge oneself of) a wrong-doer.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. punish

    Synonyms:
    chastise, castigate, chasten, correct, whip, scourge

    Antonyms:
    reward, recompense, remunerate, indemnify

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. punish(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    chastise, castigate, lash, chasten, discipline, correct, scourge, whip

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