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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Punish \Pun"ish\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Punished; p. pr. & vb.
n. Punishing.] [OE. punischen, F. punir, from L. punire,
punitum, akin to poena punishment, penalty. See Pain, and
1. 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
A greater power
Now ruled him, punished in the shape he sinned.
2. 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.
3. To injure, as by beating; to pommel. [Low]
4. To deal with roughly or harshly; -- chiefly used with
regard to a contest; as, our troops punished the enemy.
[Colloq. or Slang]
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
Syn: To chastise; castigate; scourge; whip; lash; correct;
discipline. See Chasten.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
adj 1: resulting in punishment; "the king imposed a punishing
2: characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion;
especially physical effort; "worked their arduous way up the
mining valley"; "a grueling campaign"; "hard labor"; "heavy
work"; "heavy going"; "spent many laborious hours on the
project"; "set a punishing pace" [syn: arduous,
backbreaking, grueling, gruelling, hard, heavy,
laborious, operose, punishing, toilsome]
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
53 Moby Thesaurus words for "punishing":
Herculean, arduous, backbreaking, burdensome, castigatory,
chastening, chastising, corrective, crushing, demanding,
disciplinary, draining, effortful, exhausting, fatiguesome,
fatiguing, forced, grueling, hard, hard-earned, hard-fought, heavy,
hefty, inflictive, killing, labored, laborious, onerous, operose,
oppressive, painful, penal, penological, punitive, punitory,
retributive, strained, straining, strenuous, stressful, taxing,
tiresome, tiring, toilsome, torturous, tough, troublesome, trying,
uphill, weariful, wearing, wearisome, wearying
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