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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)

    Synonyms:
    castigate

  2. punish(verb)

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

    Synonyms:
    castigate

  3. punish(verb)

    To cause great harm to. (a punishing blow)

    Synonyms:
    castigate

  4. punish(verb)

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

    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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. punish(v)

    Synonyms:
    chastise, castigate, chasten, discipline

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How to use punish in a sentence?

  1. Diana Moskovitz:

    For better or worse, he has such immense wealth and power it's really hard to punish him, he'll still probably own the team. He'll still have Tom Brady as his quarterback. Bill Belichick still gets to be Bill Belichick coach.

  2. Barack Obama:

    Well, what is true is that the ability of Republican leaders to rile up their base -- helped along by folks like Rush Limbaugh and some commentators on Fox News -- I think created an environment in which Republican voters would punish Republicans from cooperating with me, that hothouse of back-and-forth arguments and really sharp partisanship I think has been harmful to the country.

  3. President Trump:

    Obama didn’t punish ZTE. I shut it down.

  4. Vladyslav Vlasiuk:

    And the prosecution is a controlling organ which can punish you for, in their opinion, improper actions.

  5. Frederick II of Prussia:

    If I wished to punish a province, I would have it governed by philosophers.


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