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punishment

[puhn-ish-muh nt] /ˈpʌn ɪʃ mənt/
noun
1.
the act of punishing.
2.
the fact of being punished, as for an offense or fault.
3.
a penalty inflicted for an offense, fault, etc.
4.
severe handling or treatment.
Origin of punishment
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English punysshement < Anglo-French punisement, Old French punissement. See punish, -ment
Related forms
nonpunishment, noun
overpunishment, noun
prepunishment, noun
propunishment, adjective
repunishment, noun
self-punishment, noun
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Examples from the Web for self-punishment
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  • Nor, as it was, did she fully understand why he chose to use it—unless that he meant it in self-punishment.

    The Fighting Chance Robert W. Chambers
  • No more weary vigils in a room dedicated to remorse and self-punishment.

    Dark Hollow Anna Katherine Green
  • These men are supposed to have raised themselves to a high spiritual state by asceticism and self-punishment.

    The Old World and Its Ways William Jennings Bryan
  • In the same way losing may serve the purposes of obstinacy or self-punishment.

  • To this self-punishment, indeed, was attributed the disease of the lungs which ultimately caused his death.

    The Life of Bret Harte Henry Childs Merwin
  • That action must be her self-punishment for the other time she had done it.

  • But was it from habit, or was it in self-punishment and remorse, that he never took off the cord?

  • He was also liable to attacks of caprice and self-punishment.

    The Growth of a Soul August Strindberg
  • How could he appease the wrath of Him who died on the cross, save by years of bitter supplication and self-punishment?

    Hypatia Charles Kingsley
  • These evidences of an impulse to look on correction as a quite proper thing are corroborated by stories of self-punishment.

    Children's Ways James Sully
British Dictionary definitions for self-punishment

self-punishment

noun
1.
the act or an instance of punishing oneself

punishment

/ˈpʌnɪʃmənt/
noun
1.
a penalty or sanction given for any crime or offence
2.
the act of punishing or state of being punished
3.
(informal) rough treatment
4.
(psychol) any aversive stimulus administered to an organism as part of training
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Word Origin and History for self-punishment

punishment

n.

late 14c., from Anglo-French punisement (late 13c.), Old French punissement, from punir (see punish). Meaning "rough handling" is from 1811.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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self-punishment in the Bible

The New Testament lays down the general principles of good government, but contains no code of laws for the punishment of offenders. Punishment proceeds on the principle that there is an eternal distinction between right and wrong, and that this distinction must be maintained for its own sake. It is not primarily intended for the reformation of criminals, nor for the purpose of deterring others from sin. These results may be gained, but crime in itself demands punishment. (See MURDER ØT0002621; THEFT.) Endless, of the impenitent and unbelieving. The rejection of this doctrine "cuts the ground from under the gospel...blots out the attribute of retributive justice; transmutes sin into misfortune instead of guilt; turns all suffering into chastisement; converts the piacular work of Christ into moral influence...The attempt to retain the evangelical theology in connection with it is futile" (Shedd).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with self-punishment

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