corporal punishment

noun
1.
Law. physical punishment, as flogging, inflicted on the body of one convicted of a crime: formerly included the death penalty, sentencing to a term of years, etc.
2.
physical punishment, as spanking, inflicted on a child by an adult in authority.

Origin:
1575–85

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corporal punishment
 
n
punishment of a physical nature, such as caning, flogging, or beating

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Example sentences
For he had no theoretical objection to corporal punishment.
Americans began experimenting with incarceration as a humane alternative to
  corporal punishment in the late seventeenth century.
Tenure meetings and dissertation defenses would be prime occasions for the
  administering of corporal punishment.
If there is consensus in the community that the act merits more serious
  sanctions, corporal punishment is initiated.
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