follow Dictionary.com

Today's Word of the Day means...

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
1575-1585
1575-85
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples for corporal punishment
  • 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.
  • It's not a huge leap then to see children as having nascent civil rights that conflict with regular corporal punishment.
  • If there is consensus in the community that the act merits more serious sanctions, corporal punishment is initiated.
  • It is not always that school children are benefited by a rule forbidding corporal punishment.
British Dictionary definitions for corporal punishment

corporal punishment

noun
1.
punishment of a physical nature, such as caning, flogging, or beating
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for corporal punishment

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for corporal

12
15
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with corporal punishment