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punishing

[puhn-i-shing] /ˈpʌn ɪ ʃɪŋ/
adjective
1.
causing or characterized by harsh or injurious treatment; severe; brutal:
The storm was accompanied by punishing winds.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English punyesand; see punish, -ing2
Related forms
nonpunishing, adjective
self-punishing, adjective
unpunishing, adjective
unpunishingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for self-punishing

punishing

adj.

"hard-hitting," 1811, present participle adjective from punish (v.). Related: Punishingly.

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