What does punishment mean?

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  1. The act or process of punishing, imposing and/or applying a sanction.
  2. A penalty to punish wrongdoing, especially for crime.
  3. A suffering by pain or loss imposed as retribution
  4. (figuratively) Any treatment or experience so harsh it feels like being punished; rough handling
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I have a birch rod handy to dole out any punishment or I may have to hit you on the hand with a ferula.
With capital punishment in the news lately, American opinion on the death penalty seems particularly changeable in response to media coverage.
In fact, her perfect fall from grace earns nothing but fresh punishment for her lack of attention to detail.
The two were also given punishment orders when they appeared in court for sentence.
Can't you train a thicko to put his rubbish in a bin without using a cattle prod as a punishment and some dog biscuits as a reward.
Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.

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