Synonyms of 'punish'
to force (someone) to undergo a penalty for some crime or misbehaviourGeorge has never had to punish the children.
He was disciplined by his company, but not dismissed.
He gently corrected me for taking the Lord's name in vain.
She castigated him for having no intellectual interests.
He lost the boxing match and was badly beaten by his opponent.
He was whipped with a studded belt.
They snatched up whips and lashed the backs of those who had fallen.
Flog them soundly!
They were scourging him severely.
Players who break the rules will be penalized.
bring to book,
slap someone's wrist,
throw the book at,
rap someone's knuckles,
give someone the works (slang),
give a lesson to
to treat harshly, esp. by overexertion
She has been mistreated by men in the past.
People responsible for abusing prisoners must be held accountable.
Did they hurt you?
A bomb exploded, seriously injuring five people.
The hijackers seemed anxious not to harm anyone.
a storm that's been battering the Northeast coastline
misuse, , , , ,
His parents should not have misused him.
give (someone) a going-over (informal)
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in the sense of abuse
to ill-treat violentlyPeople responsible for abusing prisoners must be held accountable.
in the sense of batter
to damage or injure, as by blows, heavy wear, etc.a storm that's been battering the Northeast coastline
in the sense of beat
to strike with a series of violent blowsHe lost the boxing match and was badly beaten by his opponent.
lay one on (slang),
beat or knock seven bells out of (informal)
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