1. punish

verb. ['ˈpʌnɪʃ'] impose a penalty on; inflict punishment on.


  • castigate
  • guess
  • discipline
  • pillory
  • amerce
  • penalize
  • estimate
  • gauge
  • sort out
  • put to death
  • revenge
  • retaliate
  • judge
  • victimize
  • correct
  • execute
  • tar-and-feather
  • penalise
  • avenge
  • approximate
  • victimise


  • indiscipline
  • praise
  • disrespect
  • thinness


  • punischen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • punire (Latin)

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Rhymes with Punish

  • kunesh

How do you pronounce punish?

Pronounce punish as ˈpənɪʃ.

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Sentences with punish

1. Verb, base form
Never punish your dog for not coming right away.

2. Adjective
All are punish'd."

Quotes about punish

1. For if you suffer your people to be ill-educated, and their manners to be corrupted from their infancy, and then punish them for those crimes to which their first education disposed them, what else is to be concluded from this, but that you first make thieves and then punish them.
- Thomas More, Utopia

2. God doesn’t need to punish us. He just grants us a long enough life to punish ourselves.
- Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible

3. Love is merely a madness; and, I tell you, deserves as well a dark house and a whip as madmen do; and the reason why they are not so punish'd and cured is that the lunacy is soordinary that the whippers are in love too.
- William Shakespeare, As You Like It