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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
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corporal punishment

noun
1.
punishment of a physical nature, such as caning, flogging, or beating
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