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3 definitions found
 for punishing
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
     -ish.]
     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
        disobedience.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              A greater power
              Now ruled him, punished in the shape he sinned.
                                                    --Milton.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     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.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. To injure, as by beating; to pommel. [Low]
        [1913 Webster]
  
     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.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  punishing
      adj 1: resulting in punishment; "the king imposed a punishing
             tax"
      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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