Unable to punish Truman from inside the party, pro-segregation Democrats determined to punish him from outside.
He said that the attack was meant to punish the navy for having refused to release the imprisoned al Qaeda operatives.
For its part, the White House never discouraged aggressive probes to find and punish leakers.
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.