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What is another word for punishing?

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Adjective
Requiring, or involving, great mental or physical effort
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Cruel or harsh in nature
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Relating to retribution
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Striking
Noun
The infliction or imposition of a penalty as retribution for an offense
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Present participle for to penalize someone for wrongdoing
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“When a child grabs a pencil from another child, an adult can punish the child by taking playtime away from him.”
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Present participle for to beat or physically assault someone as punishment
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“She might also physically punish him for having needs, to stop him from crying and irritating her.”
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Present participle for to hurt or treat harshly
Punish them by taking away their government handouts.”
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Present participle for to capitalize on (an opponent's mistake or weakness), especially in sport
“I would be patient and move him to his forehand side, then punish his backhand side whenever I had the window of opportunity.”
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Present participle for to be unfair to, or to put at a disadvantage
“A lack of donations will only punish the poor, primarily the children.”
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Present participle for to criticize or express strong disapproval of
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Present participle for to seek vengeance or retribution (from someone)
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Present participle for to cause anguish or distress to
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Present participle for to retaliate or get revenge
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Present participle for to deliver a loud, hard scolding or lecture to
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Present participle for to discipline (one's body, appetites etc) by suppressing desires
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Present participle for to work arduously in pursuit of an aim or goal
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Present participle for to annoy or harass, especially in an unkind or bothersome way
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Present participle for to cause physical pain to
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Present participle for to issue, establish or apply as a charge, fine or penalty
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Present participle for to cheat, deceive or defraud someone for personal gain
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Present participle for to afflict or haunt with (harm)
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