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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 pun·ish·ment /ˈpʌnɪʃmənt/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pun·ish·ment n.
 1. The act of punishing.
 2. Any pain, suffering, or loss inflicted on a person because of a crime or offense.
    I never gave them condign punishment.   --Shak.
    The rewards and punishments of another life.   --Locke.
 3. Law A penalty inflicted by a court of justice on a convicted offender as a just retribution, and incidentally for the purposes of reformation and prevention.
 4. Severe, rough, or disastrous treatment. [Colloq. or Slang]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : the act of punishing [syn: penalty, penalization, penalisation]

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    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
    T0002621; 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).