Synonyms for punish
- crack down on
- attend to
- beat up
- do in
- give a going over
- give the works
- knock about
- rap knuckles
- rough up
- slap wrist
- teach a lesson
- throw the book at
Antonyms for punish
- let go
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PUNISH
I will not punish your fault so severely as Alcibiades ventured to hope.
He was seeking his opportunity to punish him for the rash utterance.
But Wilson wanted to punish Ben, and was determined to do so.
If he had been guilty, what was that to the cruel world so ready to punish, so ready to do worse!
It seems impossible for Shakespeare to believe that the sinner can punish sin.
God threatens to punish all those who transgress these commandments.
Just; He will bless those who keep His law, and punish those who break it.
If you bring this home to Mr. Mortimer you will punish him, arrest him?
Buttner, thinking to punish him for his audacity, put a 'poser' to him, and awaited the result.
The state's magnanimity to those offenders whom it would be too expensive to punish.
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.