Pe·nal·ty n.; pl. Penalties
1. Penal retribution; punishment for crime or offense; the suffering in person or property which is annexed by law or judicial decision to the commission of a crime, offense, or trespass.
Death is the penalty imposed. --Milton.
2. The suffering, or the sum to be forfeited, to which a person subjects himself by covenant or agreement, in case of nonfulfillment of stipulations; forfeiture; fine.
The penalty and forfeit of my bond. --Shak.
3. A handicap. [Sporting Cant]
Note: ☞ The term penalty is in law mostly applied to a pecuniary punishment.
Bill of pains and penalties. See under Bill.
On penalty of, or Under penalty of, on pain of; with exposure to the penalty of, in case of transgression.
n 1: the act of punishing [syn: punishment, penalization, penalisation]
2: a payment required for not fulfilling a contract
3: the disadvantage or painful consequences of an action or
condition; "neglected his health and paid the penalty"
4: (games) a handicap or disadvantage that is imposed on a
competitor (or a team) for an infraction of the rules of