And few have experienced the peril of this punishing violence like the residents of Aleppo.
punishing the Assad regime will sink the United States more deeply than ever into the epicenter of a widening regional conflict.
They were punishing Gingrich and Perry for resorting to “left-wing” attacks.
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.