What is the opposite of reward?

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Noun
Opposite of a thing of value given to recognize a particular deed
“His case will be heard by a three-member disciplinary commission, which will judge the case and assess the penalty.”
Noun
Opposite of the consequence of an action, irrespective of good or bad
“The group was often perceived as carrying out their own brand of vigilante justice with impunity.”
Noun
Opposite of a reward to the winner of a competition or in recognition of an outstanding achievement
Noun
Opposite of the act or process of indemnifying, preserving, or securing against loss, damage, or penalty
Noun
Opposite of a sum of money apportioned, especially formally or officially
Noun
Opposite of a thing that persuades or leads someone to do something
Noun
Opposite of an illicit payment made to someone in return for facilitating a transaction or appointment
Noun
Opposite of the money paid to someone for regular work
“My bills were piling up, my debt was getting bigger, and I was getting scared.”
Noun
Opposite of a favourable or desirable feature
“When the humor is flat and repetitious, the absence of a credible storyline becomes a major drawback.”
Noun
Opposite of fulfillment of one's wishes, expectations, or needs, or the pleasure derived from this
“Urquhart warmly expressed his displeasure over the slow progress of the siege.”
Noun
Opposite of an instance of kind, or charitable, behavior
“It would be such a disservice to raise him in an environment for which he would be unprepared to enjoy and appreciate.”
Noun
Opposite of a sum of money given to someone as a reward for a service
Noun
Opposite of appreciation or acclaim for an achievement, service, or ability
“I won't name you because I don't want to unfairly bring dishonor to your organization.”
Noun
Opposite of something achieved through effort
“The failure of another Grand Slam campaign can only be put down to his lack of effort and passion for the game.”
Noun
Opposite of a financial return
“The shop was now doing very well, but according to his books, there was a loss the previous year.”
Noun
Opposite of something, typically money, awarded in exchange for goods or services
Noun
Opposite of something given to someone
“The person likely doesn't know that their gift was a reject.”
Noun
Opposite of positive outcome from the achievement of one's goals
“He suffered through his misfortune and was now at risk of severe depression.”
Verb
Opposite of to recompense or award someone in return for something done or given
“To punish me for my contempt of authority, Fate has made me an authority myself.”
Verb
Opposite of compensate, give in return
Verb
Opposite of to bestow an award or prize for merit or achievement
“To deprive children of this most basic human right is unethical.”
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Opposite of to influence someone (usually dishonestly) in return for money
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(disoblige) Opposite of to be obliging or show beneficence toward
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(disappoint) Opposite of to be obliging or show beneficence toward
“Sorry to disappoint everyone, but the band will not be performing an encore.”
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Opposite of to show appreciation in an official manner
“There are those in the world who scorn our vision of human dignity and freedom.”
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Opposite of to encourage (a behavior, feeling, relationship or idea) through repeated stimulus
“His attitude remained surly and his parents' and teachers' reprimands seemed to encourage rather than discourage his bad behavior.”
Verb
Opposite of to give (someone) money that is due for work done, goods received, or a debt incurred
“In a brutal rejection of the insurance chief's leadership, 59% of investors decided to repudiate his pay package.”
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