Antonyms for punish

Grammar : Verb
Spell : puhn-ish
Phonetic Transcription : ˈpʌn ɪʃ

Definition of punish

Origin :
  • c.1300, from Old French puniss-, extended present participle stem of punir "to punish," from Latin punire "punish, correct, chastise; take vengeance for; inflict a penalty on, cause pain for some offense," earlier poenire, from poena "penalty, punishment" (see penal). Colloquial meaning "to inflict heavy damage or loss" is first recorded 1801, originally in boxing. Related: Punished; punishing.
  • verb penalize for wrongdoing
Example sentences :
  • I will not punish your fault so severely as Alcibiades ventured to hope.
  • Extract from : « Philothea » by Lydia Maria Child
  • He was seeking his opportunity to punish him for the rash utterance.
  • Extract from : « The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage » by Charles G. D. Roberts
  • But Wilson wanted to punish Ben, and was determined to do so.
  • Extract from : « Biography of a Slave » by Charles Thompson
  • If he had been guilty, what was that to the cruel world so ready to punish, so ready to do worse!
  • Extract from : « Weighed and Wanting » by George MacDonald
  • It seems impossible for Shakespeare to believe that the sinner can punish sin.
  • Extract from : « The Man Shakespeare » by Frank Harris
  • God threatens to punish all those who transgress these commandments.
  • Extract from : « An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism » by Joseph Stump
  • Just; He will bless those who keep His law, and punish those who break it.
  • Extract from : « An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism » by Joseph Stump
  • If you bring this home to Mr. Mortimer you will punish him, arrest him?
  • Extract from : « Thoroughbreds » by W. A. Fraser
  • Buttner, thinking to punish him for his audacity, put a 'poser' to him, and awaited the result.
  • Extract from : « Heroes of the Telegraph » by J. Munro
  • The state's magnanimity to those offenders whom it would be too expensive to punish.
  • Extract from : « The Devil's Dictionary » by Ambrose Bierce

Synonyms for punish

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