English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'punish'

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

Additional synonyms

in the sense of abuse
Definition
to ill-treat violently
People responsible for abusing prisoners must be held accountable.
Synonyms
mar,
dump on (slang, US),
impose upon,
rough up,
shit on (taboo, slang),
handle roughly,
knock about or around
in the sense of batter
Definition
to damage or injure, as by blows, heavy wear, etc.
a storm that's been battering the Northeast coastline
Synonyms
mar,
total (slang),
shiver (archaic, literary),
trash (slang),
mangulate (Australian, slang),
play (merry) hell with (informal)
in the sense of beat
Definition
to strike with a series of violent blows
He lost the boxing match and was badly beaten by his opponent.
Synonyms
hit,
belt (informal),
deck (slang),
bash (informal),
sock (slang),
chin (slang),
cane,
lick (informal),
clout (informal),
whack (informal),
clobber (slang),
wallop (informal),
tonk (informal),
thwack (informal),
lambast(e),
lay one on (slang),
tan (informal),
lam (informal),
beat or knock seven bells out of (informal)

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