To punish someone is to punish them for something that they have done. Sometimes the punishment is physical, but it can also be financial or emotional.

  • The teacher punished the students for being noisy.

  • The company is punishing its employees for being late.

  • The government is punishing its citizens for breaking the law.

Definition of punishing


characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort


arduous, backbreaking, grueling, gruelling, hard, heavy, laborious, operose, toilsome


resulting in punishment

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Example Sentences for punishing

  • 1

    Let the punishment fit the crime.

  • 2

    The punishment would fit the crime.

  • 3

    In the military, insubordination can be a punishable crime.

  • 4

    By way of digression, corporal punishment is punishment to the body.

  • 5

    It is inexpedient to inflict punishment.

  • 6

    I punished the impenitent.

  • 7

    He was punished for robbery.

  • 8

    The defector was punished severely.

  • 9

    The rebel was punished harshly.

  • 10

    The severest punishment was ostracism.