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Adjective
Difficult to carry out or fulfill
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Relating to retribution
Adjective
Striking
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Cruel or harsh
Noun
The infliction or imposition of a penalty as retribution for an offense
“They made the worst possible start, with Stuart Reardon dropping a kick cold and Warrington punishing the error with a third-minute try.”
Verb
Present participle for to penalize someone for wrongdoing
“Was I being punished for something that I didn't know about?”
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Present participle for to capitalize on (an opponent's mistake), especially in sport
“The visitors took the lead through Paul Coffey after 15 minutes, who was on hand to punish a mix-up between goalkeeper Colin McCabe and Willie Holligan.”
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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
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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 punish or reprimand (someone) for a fault or crime
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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 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 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 express strong disapproval of
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Present participle for to cheat, deceive or defraud someone for personal gain
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Present participle for annoy or provoke in an unkind way
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Present participle for to afflict or haunt with (harm)
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